Choral Evensong 16 April at 3.30 pm
A service of thanksgiving, in the context of the daily service of Choral Evensong, in Bury St Edmunds will be dedicated to remembering the life of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
At this time, and in line with COVID-19 restrictions and public health guidance, the service at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds will be restricted to invited guests only. The service will be livestreamed via the Cathedral’s Facebook page.
The Rt Revd Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, who will preach at the service, said: “Prince Philip has given outstanding service to our nation, commonwealth and church and has been the most remarkable consort to Her Majesty The Queen over seven decades of public service.
“His charitable work and patronage have been an example and inspiration to many people.
“The service of thanksgiving is an opportunity to celebrate his life, and to pray for the Queen and the Royal Family in their mourning.”
The Duke of Edinburgh last visited St Edmundsbury Cathedral for the Office for the Royal Maundy on April 9, 2009 – exactly 12 years to the day he passed away.
This service, which follows the form of Choral Evensong, will be sung by the Cathedral Edmund Consort. The Very Revd Joe Hawes, Dean of St Edmundsbury, said: “The prayers of the county of Suffolk will be focused on St Edmundsbury Cathedral as we meet to give thanks for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh, a life well lived in remarkable service of his Her Majesty The Queen and country.
“Recent days have given us fresh insights into the depth of his commitment to a wide variety of causes: the prophetic nature of his passion for the protection of the environment, the flourishing of young people and harmony between world faiths.
“All of these will be reflected in our service of thanksgiving on Friday.”
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In attendance at the private service will be HM Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare, Countess of Euston, the High Sheriff of Suffolk, Edward Creasy and interfaith representatives.
A number of young people who are current participants in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and students from the Royal Hospital School, representing the Royal Navy, are taking part in the service.
Lady Euston said: “The County Service of thanksgiving will allow us to reflect and celebrate the life of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“His Royal Highness has been at the heart of our national life for over 70 years; always leading by example in encouraging and inspiring people across the generations to make the very best of themselves and to contribute to the wellbeing of Communities and Nation alike.
“Above all he gave the most wonderful support to Her Majesty The Queen. He was a man of great personal faith and his life-long service and dedication to family, and this Nation, will be an enduring example to us all.”
Prince Philip carried out more than 22,000 solo engagements since 1952 and made lasting contributions including as founder of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, President of the World Wildlife Fund and Chancellor of Cambridge University.
Members of the public can watch the service, which will include prayers and readings, on Friday at 3.30 pm online via Facebook
The Cathedral is open from 9.00 am – 4.00 pm Tuesday to Thursday for prayer and reflection. People can light a candle and there are special prayer cards for the Duke of Edinburgh.