Note from the from The Right Reverend Dr Mark Short, Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn, on the death of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.

With millions of people across the world the people of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn join in mourning the death of Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

We mourn because of the loss of a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and pray for the members of the Royal Family in their time of grief.
We mourn because death comes to all, reminding us of our human frailty and that we too must come under God’s judgement.

We also give thanks.

We give thanks for Her Late Majesty’s decades of sacrificial service to country, commonwealth and church.
We give thanks for her confident Christian witness and the lively faith which sustained and strengthened her in all that she did.
We give thanks that in the Lord Jesus mercy reaches out to the mighty and the humble, and for the promise of resurrection life for all who trust in Him.

The Synod of the Diocese will be gathering in shortened form this weekend. We will give thanks for Her Late Majesty in worship and express our condolences for our loss.

Almighty God, fountain of all goodness, we bless and thank you for the life and service of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth and pray for His Royal Majesty King Charles in his new responsibilities; may all things be ordered in wisdom, righteousness and peace, to the honour of your holy name, and the good of your Church and people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
(Adapted from A Prayer Book for Australia, p14)