It was with great sadness and a deep sense of loss that we at Ripon Cathedral learned of the death of his Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We reflect on his extraordinary life, of the great courage he showed in his early years, years that shaped him for a life of distinguished service as consort to Her Majesty the Queen. His contribution to the life of this nation, the Commonwealth and the world community is without question. We remember particularly his care for the natural world, the World Wildlife Fund, and think of the inordinate number of people who have benefitted from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Our thoughts and prayers are obviously with Her Majesty the Queen and her family. We pray for comfort and strength for them.
In this Easter week, we Remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It is with hope and confidence that we pray for the soul of Prince Philip, commending him to God’s safe and sure keeping.
- The cathedral will be open for extended hours from 10am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, then until 7pm each day following
- Prayer stations are available in the cathedral with social distancing in place for visitors
- Floral tributes can be left outside the cathedral
God of our lives, we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip, for the love he shared among us, and for his devotion to duty. We entrust him now to your love and mercy, through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.
Merciful God, be close to all who mourn, especially Her Majesty The Queen and all members of the Royal Family. May they know the hope of your promises and the comfort of your love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Revd Canon Michael Gisbourne.
Canon Precentor, Ripon Cathedral.
Chaplain to the General Synod of the Church of England.