Order of Service for the State Funeral published
Sunday, 18th September 2022
Buckingham Palace this evening published the Order of Service for the State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II, which will be held in Westminster Abbey tomorrow (Monday 19th September 2022).
The service will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, who will say in his Bidding:
'In grief and also in profound thanksgiving we come to this House of God, to a place of prayer, to a church where remembrance and hope are sacred duties. Here, where Queen Elizabeth was married and crowned, we gather from across the nation, from the Commonwealth, and from the nations of the world, to mourn our loss, to remember her long life of selfless service, and in sure confidence to commit her to the mercy of God our maker and redeemer.
With gratitude we remember her unswerving commitment to a high calling over so many years as Queen and Head of the Commonwealth. With admiration we recall her life-long sense of duty and dedication to her people. With thanksgiving we praise God for her constant example of Christian faith and devotion. With affection we recall her love for her family and her commitment to the causes she held dear.'
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, will preach the sermon and will lead the commendation.
Among the hymns will be The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended; The Lord's my shepherd, which was sung at the wedding of the late Queen when she married HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in the Abbey in 1947; and Love divine, all loves excelling, in an arrangement first sung at the wedding of TRH The Prince and Princess of Wales in the Abbey in 2011.
Like as the hart, a setting of Psalm 42 by Master of the King’s Music, Judith Weir, and the anthem Who shall separate us?, drawing on words from Romans 8, by Sir James MacMillan, have both been composed specially for the service.
The Right Honourable The Baroness Scotland KC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth will read from Corinthians 15; and the Right Honourable Elizabeth Truss MP, the Prime Minister, will read John 14: 1 - 9a.
The prayers will be led by the Abbey's Precentor, the Reverend Mark Birch, and will be said by representatives of the churches of the United Kingdom.
Last Post will be sounded by the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry, before a two-minute silence observed in the Abbey and throughout the United Kingdom.
The service will be sung by the Choirs of Westminster Abbey and His Majesty's Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, under the direction of James O'Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers of Westminster Abbey.
The service will be broadcast on television, on radio and online in the UK, the Realms, the Commonwealth and in countries around the world.