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02 Apr 2013

To mark the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II a special prayer has been written by Westminster Abbey.

This new prayer will be used during the Service to be held in the  Abbey on 4th June 2013.

The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, said: ‘This prayer expresses our thanks to God for The Queen’s long and duteous reign and for Her Majesty’s example of faithful and committed service to the nation and Commonwealth.”

The Prayer has been commended for use throughout the Church of England by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York on or around 4th June 2013.
The prayer reads:

Traditional language:

Almighty God,
who through anointing with the oil of gladness at the hands of priests and prophets
dost strengthen thy chosen servants with the gifts of thy Holy Spirit:
be pleased to accept our joyful praise as with united voice
we give thanks for the long and glorious reign
of our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth;
and to receive our humble prayer that, by renewing thy blessings,
thou wilt pour upon her thy choicest gifts,
and upon all thy people the spirit of humility and service,
shown forth in the life and death of him who is the anointed King of all,
our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Modern language:

Almighty God,
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.
Amen.

With the approval of Her Majesty The Queen, the following Prayer is to be incorporated in the Service of Thanksgiving on the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s Coronation in Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 4th June 2013. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have commended it for use in either the traditional or modern language version throughout the Church of England. Other churches are also welcome to use this prayer.