Thursday, January 26

The Orders of Service for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral and committal service



The funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II might be carried out by the Dean of Westminster at Westminster Abbey, beginning at 11 a.m. (6 a.m. ET), with the Archbishop of Canterbury giving the Sermon and Commendation.

The Queen’s great-grandchildren Prince George and Princess Charlotte will type a part of the royal household procession behind the Queen’s coffin as it’s carried into Westminster Abbey

During the service, the choir will sing a specifically commissioned piece, “Like because the hart,” a setting of Psalm 42 by the Master of the King’s Music, Judith Weir.

Other music chosen for the state funeral embrace the hymn “The Lord’s my shepherd,” which was additionally sung on the then-Princess Elizabeth’s wedding ceremony to Prince Philip in 1947, and the anthem “O Taste and see how gracious the Lord is,” which was composed for the Queen’s coronation in 1953 by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The nation will observe a two-minute silence in the direction of the tip of the hour-long service after which the Sovereign’s Piper of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will play the normal lament, “Sleep, dearie, sleep.”

Music earlier than the service

Matthew Jorysz, Assistant Organist, Westminster Abbey, performs:

Fantasia of 4 components, Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625)

Romanza (Symphony no 5 in D), Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958) organized by Robert Quinney (b 1976)

Reliqui domum meum Peter Maxwell Davies (1934–2016)

Meditation on ‘Brother James’s Air’ Harold Darke (1888–1976)

Prelude on ‘Ecce jam noctis’ Op 157 no 3 Healey Willan (1880–1968)

Psalm Prelude Set 1 no 2, Herbert Howells (1892–1983)

In the Country Op 194 no 2, Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924)

Fantasy on ‘O Paradise,’ Malcolm Williamson (1931–2003)

Elegy Op 58 Edward Elgar (1857–1934) organized by Matthew Jorysz (b 1992)

The Sub-Organist performs:

Andante espressivo (Sonata in G Op 28), Edward Elgar Sospiri Op 70, Edward Elgar, organized by Peter Holder (b 1990)

The Choir of Westminster Abbey sings the Sentences, throughout which the Procession of the Coffin strikes by way of the Abbey

I AM the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, although he had been lifeless, but shall he reside: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall by no means die.

John 11: 25–26

I KNOW that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand on the latter day upon the earth: and although after my pores and skin worms destroy this physique, but in my flesh shall I see God; whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and never one other. Job 19: 25–27

HE introduced nothing into this world, and it’s sure we are able to carry nothing out. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the title of the Lord.

1 Timothy 6: 7; Job 1: 21

William Croft (1678–1727)

The Choir of Westminster Abbey and the Choir of the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, sing:

Thou knowsest, Lord, the secrets and techniques of our hearts

THOU knowest, Lord, the secrets and techniques of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears unto our prayer; however spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and most merciful Saviour, thou most worthy Judge everlasting, endure us not, at our final hour, for any pains of dying, to fall from thee. Amen.

Henry Purcell (1659-95)

I HEARD a voice from heaven, saying unto me, Write, From henceforth blessed are the lifeless which die within the Lord: even so saith the Spirit; for they relaxation from their labours. Amen.

William Croft

The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle MBE, Dean of Westminster, offers the Bidding

IN grief and in addition in profound thanksgiving we come to this House of God, to a spot of prayer, to a church the place remembrance and hope are sacred duties. Here, the place Queen Elizabeth was married and topped, we collect from throughout the nation, from the Commonwealth, and from the nations of the world, to mourn our loss, to recollect her lengthy lifetime of selfless service, and in certain confidence to commit her to the mercy of God our maker and redeemer.

With gratitude we keep in mind her loyal dedication to a excessive calling over so a few years as Queen and Head of the Commonwealth. With admiration we recall her life-long sense of obligation and dedication to her individuals. With thanksgiving we reward God for her fixed instance of Christian religion and devotion. With affection we recall her love for her household and her dedication to the causes she held pricey.

Now, in silence, allow us to in our hearts and minds recall our many causes for thanksgiving, pray for all members of her household, and commend Queen Elizabeth to the care and holding of almighty God.

A short silence is stored.

O MERCIFUL God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who’s the resurrection and the life; in whom whosoever believeth shall reside, although he die; and whosoever liveth, and believeth in him, shall not die eternally; who hast taught us, by his holy Apostle Saint Paul, to not be sorry, as males with out hope, for them that sleep in him: We meekly beseech thee, O Father, to lift us from the dying of sin unto the lifetime of righteousness; that, when we will depart this life, we might relaxation in him, as our hope is that this our sister doth; and that, on the common Resurrection within the final day, we could also be discovered acceptable in thy sight; and obtain that blessing, which thy well-beloved Son shall then pronounce to all that love and worry thee, saying, Come, ye blessed kids of my Father, obtain the dominion ready for you from the start of the world. Grant this, we beseech thee, O merciful Father, by way of Jesus Christ, our mediator and redeemer. Amen.

Hymn: The Day Thou Gavest, Lord Is Ended

THE day thou gavest, Lord, is ended

the darkness falls at thy behest,
to thee our morning hymns ascended,
thy reward shall sanctify our relaxation.

We thank thee that thy Church unsleeping,
whereas earth rolls onward into mild,
by way of all of the world her watch is holding,
and rests not now by day or evening.

As o’er every continent and island
the daybreak leads on one other day,
the voice of prayer is rarely silent,
nor dies the pressure of reward away,

The solar that bids us relaxation is waking
our brethren ‘neath the western sky,
and hour by hour contemporary lips are making
thy wondrous doings heard on excessive.

So be it, Lord; thy throne shall by no means,
like earth’s proud empires, go away;
thy kingdom stands, and grows for ever,
until all thy creatures personal thy sway.

Tune: St Clement

The Right Honourable the Baroness Scotland of Asthal KC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, reads the First Lesson.

NOW is Christ risen from the lifeless, and develop into the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man got here dying, by man got here additionally the resurrection of the lifeless. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But each man in his personal order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they which can be Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the tip, when he shall have delivered up the dominion to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and energy. For he should reign, until he hath put all enemies underneath his ft. The final enemy that shall be destroyed is dying. For this corruptible should placed on incorruption, and this mortal should placed on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have placed on incorruption, and this mortal shall have placed on immortality, then shall be dropped at go the saying that’s written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O dying, the place is thy sting? O grave, the place is thy victory? The sting of dying is sin; and the energy of sin is the regulation. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory by way of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, at all times abounding within the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour isn’t in useless within the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

1 Corinthians 15: 20–26, 53–finish

The choir sings The Psalm

LIKE because the hart desireth the water-brooks : so longeth my soul after thee, O God.

My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the dwelling God :

when shall I come to seem earlier than the presence of God?

My tears have been my meat day and evening : whereas they each day say unto me, Where is now thy God?

Now once I suppose thereupon, I pour out my coronary heart on my own : for I went with the multitude, and introduced them forth into the home of God;

In the voice of reward and thanksgiving : amongst akin to preserve holy-day.

Why artwork thou so filled with heaviness, O my soul : and why artwork thou so disquieted inside me?

Put thy belief in God : for I’ll but give him thanks for the assistance of his countenance.

Words: Psalm 42: 1–7

Music :Judith Weir CBE, Master of the Queen’s Music (b 1954)

composed for this Service

The Right Honourable Elizabeth Truss MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reads the Second Lesson

LET not your coronary heart be anxious: ye imagine in God, imagine additionally in me. In my Father’s home are many mansions: if it weren’t so, I might have advised you. I’m going to organize a spot for you. And if I’m going and put together a spot for you, I’ll come once more, and obtain you unto myself; that the place I’m, there ye could also be additionally. And whither I’m going ye know, and the way in which ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we all know not whither thou goest; and the way can we understand how? Jesus saith unto him, I’m the way in which, the reality, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, however by me. If ye had recognized me, ye ought to have recognized my Father additionally: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so very long time with you, and but hast thou not recognized me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.

Thanks be to God.

John 14: 1–9a

Hymn: The Lord’s my shepherd

THE Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not need;
he makes me right down to lie
in pastures inexperienced; he leadeth me
the quiet waters by.

My soul he doth restore once more,
and me to stroll doth make
throughout the paths of righteousness,
e’en for his personal title’s sake.

Choir solely: Yea, although I stroll by way of dying’s darkish vale,
but will I worry none in poor health;
for thou artwork with me, and thy rod
and employees me consolation nonetheless.

My desk thou hast furnishèd
in presence of my foes;
my head thou dost with oil anoint,
and my cup overflows.
Goodness and mercy all my life
shall absolutely observe me;
and in God’s home for evermore
my dwelling place shall be.

Words: Psalm 23 in Scottish Psalter 1650

Tune: Crimond, attributed to Jessie Seymour Irvine (1836–87)

Harmony by David Grant (1833–93)

Descant by William Baird Ross (1871–1950)

The Sermon

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England and Metropolitan

The choir sings the anthem: My soul, there’s a nation

My soul, there’s a nation,
Far past the celebrities,
Where stands a wingèd sentry
All skilful within the wars:
There above noise, and hazard,
Sweet Peace sits topped with smiles,
And One born in a manger
Commands the beauteous information.

He is thy gracious pal,
And (O my soul, awake!)
Did in pure love descend,
To die right here for thy sake.
If thou canst get however thither,
There grows the flower of Peace,
The Rose that can’t wither,
Thy fortress, and thy ease.
Leave then thy silly ranges,
For none can thee safe,
But One who by no means modifications,
Thy God, thy Life, thy Cure.

Words: From Songs of Farewell Henry Vaughan (1621–95)
Music: Hubert Parry (1848–1918)

The Prayers

The Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Precentor, says:

In confidence and belief, allow us to pray to the Father.

The Reverend Dr Iain Greenshields, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, says:

Let us give due to God for Queen Elizabeth’s lengthy life and reign, recalling with gratitude her presents of knowledge, diligence, and repair.

GOD, from whom cometh every thing that’s upright and true: settle for our thanks for the presents of coronary heart and thoughts that thou didst bestow upon thy daughter Elizabeth, and which she confirmed forth amongst us in her phrases and deeds; and grant that we might have grace to reside our lives in accordance with thy will, to hunt the nice of others, and to stay trustworthy servants unto our lives’ finish; by way of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Ms Shermara Fletcher, Principal Officer for Pentecostal and Charismatic Relations, Churches Together in England, says:

Confident in God’s love and compassion, allow us to pray for all these whose hearts are heavy with grief and sorrow.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of all consolation: deal graciously, we pray thee, with those that mourn, that casting each care on thee, they might know the comfort of thy love; by way of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, Bishop of London and Dean of His Majesty’s Chapels Royal, says:

Let us pray for His Majesty The King and all of the Royal Family; that they might know the sustaining energy of God’s love and the prayerful fellowship of God’s individuals.

Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness, we humbly beseech thee to bless our most gracious Sovereign Lord King Charles, Camilla The Queen Consort, William Prince of Wales, and all of the Royal Family: endue them with thy Holy Spirit, enrich them with thy heavenly grace; prosper them with all happiness; and produce them to thine eternal kingdom; by way of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Reverend Canon Helen Cameron, Moderator of the Free Churches Group, says:

In recognition of Queen Elizabeth’s service to this United Kingdom, allow us to rejoice in her unstinting devotion to obligation, her compassion for her topics, and her counsel to her ministers; and we pray for the continued well being and prosperity of this Nation.

Almighty God, whose will it’s that each one thy kids ought to serve thee in serving each other: look with love, we pray thee, on this Nation. Grant to its residents grace to work along with trustworthy and trustworthy hearts, every caring for the nice of all; that, in search of first thy kingdom and its righteousness, they might possess all issues needful for his or her each day sustenance and the widespread good; by way of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, says:

Let us give thanks for Queen Elizabeth’s dedication to the Commonwealth all through her reign, for her service and dedication to its peoples, and for the wealthy bonds of unity and mutual assist she sustained.

Almighty and eternal God, hear our prayer for the Commonwealth, and grant it the steerage of thy knowledge. Inspire these in authority, that they might promote justice and the widespread good; give to all its residents the spirit of mutual honour and respect; and grant to us all grace to try for the institution of righteousness and peace; for the honour of thy title. Amen.

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York, Primate of England and Metropolitan, says:

We give due to God for Queen Elizabeth’s loyalty to the religion she inherited by way of her baptism and affirmation, and affirmed at her coronation; for her loyal devotion to the Gospel; and for her steadfast service as Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

Lord, we beseech thee to maintain thy family the Church in continuous godliness; that by way of thy safety she could also be free from all adversities, and devoutly given to serve thee in all good works, to the glory of thy title; by way of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Precentor says:

Let us pray that we could also be given grace to reside as those that imagine within the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, and the resurrection to everlasting life.

Bring us, O Lord God, at our final awakening into the home and gate of heaven, to enter into that gate and dwell in that home, the place there shall be no darkness nor dazzling, however one equal mild; no noise nor silence, however one equal music; no fears nor hopes, however one equal possession; no ends nor beginnings, however one equal eternity; within the habitation of thy glory and dominion, world with out finish. Amen.

John Donne (1572–1631)

The choir sings the Anthem:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Neither dying, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor issues current, nor issues to come back, nor peak, nor depth, nor every other creature, shall be capable of separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Alleluia! Amen.

Words: Romans 8: 35a, 38b–finish

Music: Sir James MacMillan CBE (b 1959)

composed for this Service

The Dean pronounces the Blessing:

God grant to the dwelling grace; to the departed relaxation; to the Church, The King, the Commonwealth, and all individuals, peace and harmony, and to us sinners, life eternal; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you and stay with you at all times. Amen.

The Last Post


The National Anthem

GOD save our gracious King,
lengthy reside our noble King,
God save The King.
Send him victorious,
joyful and superb,
lengthy to reign over us:
God save The King.

Thy choicest presents in retailer
on him be happy to pour,
lengthy might he reign.
May he defend our legal guidelines,
and ever give us trigger
to sing with coronary heart and voice:
God save The King!

Arranged by Gordon Jacob (1895–1984)

The Queen’s Piper, Warrant Officer Class 1 (Pipe Major) Paul Burns, performs:

Sleep, dearie, sleep


The Coffin and Processions depart the church.

The Sub-Organist performs:

Fantasia in C minor BWV 562

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)

Following the funeral, the Queen’s coffin will travel in procession by way of central London to Wellington Arch, the place it is going to be positioned within the state hearse and depart for Windsor, the place a committal service will happen at St. George’s Chapel at 4 p.m. (11 a.m. ET).

The second service of the day might be a extra intimate event, carried out by the Dean of Windsor, who will ship the Bidding. Prayers might be stated by the Rector of Sandringham, the Minister of Crathie Kirk, the place the household worship when they’re in residence at Balmoral, and the Chaplain of the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park.

The royal household will collect together with a congregation made up of members of the Royal Household, previous and current, in addition to private employees who’ve labored on the personal estates.

Some of the musical choices for the committal service had been composed by William Henry Harris, a former organist of St. George’s between 1933 and 1961. It is believed that the younger princess was taught to play piano by Harris, in keeping with the palace.

The service may even characteristic a number of nods to the the Queen’s household, with the choir singing “The Russian Contakion of the Departed,” which was additionally sung throughout Prince Philip’s funeral at St. George’s final April. Meanwhile, the Dean will learn Revelation 21, verses 1-7, which had been learn on the funerals of the Queen’s grandparents King George V and Queen Mary in 1936 and 1953. They had been additionally learn on the Queen’s father’s funeral in 1952.

As the committal service attracts to a detailed, the Queen’s coffin might be lowered into the Royal Vault, set beneath St. Georges, because the Dean reads Psalm 103, which concludes with the phrases, “Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul.”

The Garter King of Arms will then proclaim the Queen’s kinds and titles earlier than her piper performs for her one final time.


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