Prayers and liturgical resources for the nationwide celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty The Queen are released online today.
They include texts adapted from the 1953 Coronation service, including the words used when The Queen received the Bible from the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland: “Here is the Wisdom; This is the royal law; These are the lively Oracles of God.”
There is a Coronation Anniversary Prayer in both modern and traditional language, written by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey with The Queen’s approval, and commended for use throughout the Church of England by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.
The modern language version reads:
at the hands of priests and prophets
you anoint your chosen servants with the oil of gladness
and strengthen them with the gifts of your Holy Spirit:
accept our joyful praise as with united voice
we give thanks for the long and glorious reign
of our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth.
Renewing your blessings, pour on her your choicest gifts,
and on all your people the spirit of humility and mutual service
shown in the life and death of him who is the anointed King of all,
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
A Prayer Especially for Children, released by the Liturgical Commission, has also been included.
These prayers feature in the resources alongside sentences of Scripture, a Greeting, an Introduction, an Act of Penitence, Collects, Gospel Acclamations, Responsories, and General Prayers.
The Queen and other members of the Royal family will themselves attend a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on 4 June at 11am.
The Revd Christopher Woods, the National Worship Adviser and Secretary to the Liturgical Commission, said: “The Liturgical Commission is delighted to publish these resources for services – which can be used across the Church of England on or around 2 June to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. A coronation is first and foremost an act of worship to almighty God and there is much symbolism in the service. The anniversary gives the nation a chance to reflect on this rich symbolism as well as to celebrate the continued life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II.”
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