It has been announced by Buckingham Palace that Her Majesty the Queen has died. Please find below resources and guidance:
Flags should be flown at half-mast. On the day of the National Proclamation (Saturday) flags must be flown full mast from 11.00am, until 4.30pm on Sunday after the regional proclaimation.
These should remain at half-mast until the day after the funeral.
All secondary other flags should be removed.
It is desirable that churches be open for members of the public to enter for individual prayer, provided it is safe and practical to do so.
Books of Condolence
Books of Condolences should be available in our churches.
The Church of England's online book of condolence is available to individuals or church communities.
Condolence book pages are to be sent to the Hold in Ipswich at: The Hold, 131 Fore Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1LE. Please return these with your next deposit of parish records, rather than making a separate journey. You will need to complete the usual paperwork and the condolence books or loose leaf pages will be added to the parish collection.
All flowers and tributes should be sensitively removed from Monday 26 September (seven days after the funeral) and not before, unless there are practical reasons such as deteriorating flowers that require some discreet relocation or removal. Cards and notes are to be stored safely and sent to The Hold with the pages from the books of condolence.
www.achurchnearyou.co.uk has some digital photograph resources on their website. The Diocesan office has some printed photographs available.
Prayer and Liturgical resources
Services taking place during the period of mourning should be reviewed. A range of prayer and liturgical resources are available on the resource hub on www.achurchnearyou.co.uk or visit the Church of England website here (this includes Collective Worship for schools). It is likely that many non-regular worshippers may wish to attend a service during the period of mourning.
Prayer card | PDF
Digital Services of Commemoration | Weblink to the Cambridge University Press
Bells may be rung half- or fully-muffled depending on the equipment in towers. However, on the day of the Proclamation bells must not be rung muffled. For full details please visit the The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers.
The reign of His Majesty King Charles III will be proclaimed across Suffolk on Sunday 11 September - and the county’s citizens are encouraged to attend these historic events.
In line with Royal protocols, the formal announcement of the new Sovereign - known as the Proclamation of the Accession - will be made from St James Palace and at the Royal Exchange in London on Saturday 10 September. The same Proclamation will then be read in Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh on Sunday.
The first reading of the Proclamation in Suffolk will be at 1.00pm on Sunday, from the balcony of Ipswich Town Hall, overlooking the Cornhill and a crowd of up to 7,000 people. Mayors, community leaders, dignitaries and other senior public figures will assemble on the steps of the Town Hall to hear the High Sherriff of Suffolk, Major Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, read the Proclamation.
Military representatives based in Suffolk from the Royal Navy, the Army (including the Army Air Corps and Royal Engineers) and the RAF (from RAF Honington) will form a Guard of Honour at the steps of the Town Hall. In addition, representatives from the Royal British Legion, Royal Navy Association, Suffolk Regiment and the RAF Association and will display their Colours and the Leiston Royal British Legion band will play music, including the National Anthem.
Ahead of the announcement, the Lord-Lieutenant for Suffolk, Clare Countess of Euston, will address those gathered. A short service of affirmation from The Bishop of Ipswich and St Edmundsbury, The Rt Revd Martin Seeley, will follow the reading of the Proclamation of the Accession.
Each Mayor attending the Proclamation will be presented with a scroll containing the words of the Proclamation, so that they can return to their towns to deliver local Proclamations of the Accession. These further readings will take place at 3.30pm in 23 towns across the county, coordinated by local town councils.
St Edmundsbury Cathedral
The Cathedral will be open from 8.00am to 8.00pm this week for visitors wishing to light a candle or have some time for reflection.
St Edmundsbury Cathedral will hold a Requiem Mass for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday 10 September at 11.30am. This is a public service, and everyone is welcome. A Requiem Mass is a Communion Service praying for the soul of someone who has died. The Dean of St Edmundsbury, The Very Reverend Joe Hawes will be celebrant at the service. Members of the Cathedral Choirs will sing Gabrial Fauré’s Requiem.
In addition, there are books of condolence in the Cathedral and an area on the Cathedral Garth for floral tributes.
St Edmundsbury Cathedral | Website
The Church of England
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby has made a statement.
To find a local church service please visit: www.achurchnearyou.com
Gracious God, we give thanks
for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth,
for her faith and her dedication to duty.
Bless our nation as we mourn her death
and may her example continue to inspire us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
If you have any further questions, please contact your Archdeacon in the first instance.
Please add your relevant service information to www.achurchnearyou.com.
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