Truro Cathedral to mark royal milestone
Although there are no official celebrations planned, there can be no denying that we are on the cusp of a significant royal milestone: on Wednesday, September 9, Elizabeth II becomes the longest-reigning monarch in British history, overtaking Victoria as she enters her 23,227th day as Sovereign.
The Queen is reported to have hoped that, if the event is marked at all, it is done so reverently and with no spirit of triumphalism. With this in mind, Truro Cathedral will offer its usual service of Evensong at 5.30pm on Wednesday, with appropriate music, readings and prayers. Among other relevant items, the Cathedral Choir will sing Parry’s great anthem associated with so many royal occasions, “I was glad”.
Evensong will end with the singing of the National Anthem – never will the line “long to reign over us” have seemed so apt.
Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. The service will end at around 6.15pm.
The Church of England has published the following prayers to mark the occasion, and invites other denominations to make use of them:
A Collect for use after the Collect of the Day at BCP services
Almighty God, who hast set our gracious sovereign Queen Elizabeth upon the throne of this realm, and given her to surpass all others in the years of her reign: Receive our heartfelt thanks for her service to her people, confirm and encourage her in the continuance of the same, and keep her in thy heavenly wisdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who took the form of a servant for our sake, and reigneth now in glory with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.
A modern-language prayer drawing on Philippians 2
whose Son Jesus Christ exchanged the glory of a heavenly throne for the form of a servant,
we thank you that you have given Elizabeth our Queen a heart to serve her people,
and have kept her devoted in this service beyond all who were before her:
encourage us by her example to serve one another, and to seek the common good,
until you call us all to reign with Christ in your eternal kingdom.