Sunday, September 18, 2022

A royal funeral: "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord"

From the program for the funeral of Elizabeth II tomorrow morning:
All stand as the Procession of the Coffin enters the Abbey.

The Choir of Westminster Abbey sings

(During which the Procession of the Coffin moves through the Abbey.)
I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
John 11:25–26

I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God; whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another.
Job 19:25–27

We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
1 Timothy 6:7; Job 1:21
The Choir of Westminster Abbey and the Choir of the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, sing:
Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears unto our prayer; but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and most merciful Saviour, thou most worthy Judge eternal, suffer us not, at our last hour, for any pains of death, to fall from thee. Amen.
The Book of Common Prayer 1549

I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, Write, From henceforth blessed are the dead which die in the Lord: even so saith the Spirit; for they rest from their labours. Amen.
Revelation 14:13
All remain standing. .... (the service)
The Telegraph, "Full order of service for the funeral and committal of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ," Sept. 18, 2022.

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