The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has requested that every parish celebrate a Mass with prayers to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II this Sunday 3 June – the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.
During this Mass, the first reading will be replaced by 1 Kings 3:11–14 and the prayer for the Queen will be said after the post Communion prayer and before the final Blessing.
V. O Lord, save Elizabeth, our Queen.
R. And hear us on the day we call upon you.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come before you.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. and with your spirit.
Almighty God, we pray,
that your servant Elizabeth, our Queen,
who, by your providence has received the governance of this realm,
may continue to grow in every virtue,
that, imbued with your heavenly grace,
she may be preserved from all that is harmful and evil
and, being blessed with your favour
may, with her consort and the royal family,
come at last into your presence,
through Christ who is the way, the truth and the life
and who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Full texts for Sunday are available from the Liturgy Office website
Facebook users are also invited to pledge prayer for the Queen.
Loyal Address to Her Majesty
The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols has already delivered a Loyal Address to Her Majesty on behalf of the Catholic Church:
“Your Majesty, it is an honour and a pleasure to express the great loyalty and gratitude felt by the Catholic
community of England and Wales for the outstanding and unstinting service you give to our nation and to
people throughout the world”
The Queen and the Pope
When Pope Benedict met The Queen he recalled the example of previous monarchs of this island who were Saints: “many of them consciously exercised their sovereign duty in the light of the Gospel, and in this way shaped the nation for good at the deepest level. As a result, the Christian message has been an integral part of the language, thought and culture of the peoples of these islands for more than a thousand years. Your forefathers’ respect for truth and justice, for mercy and charity come to you from a faith that remains a mighty force for good in your kingdom, to the great benefit of Christians and non-Christians alike”.
Address of Pope Benedict XVI to her Majesty the Queen, Edinburgh, 16 October 2010