Thursday, 31 May 2012

Jubilee Service

Hello magazine reports that when The Queen walks into St Paul's Cathedral for the thanksgiving service on the fourth day of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Her Majesty will be preceded by those who will carry on her work.

Accompanying the Sovereign and the Duke of Edinburgh down the aisle will be The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Henry of Wales.

The Queen has decided that the focus of the service should be on the accession.

Other members of the royal family, including The Princess Royal and The Earl and Countess of Wessex, will not join the procession and will have less prominent roles in the other events of the Jubilee weekend.

Nevertheless they will be in the congregation, along with forty members of the Royal Family taking their seats before the The Queen's entrance.

A spokesman for the Cathedral said:

"The decisions on the order of service began with the Palace and we were told that the theme should be about the accession rather than the coronation." 

Clergymen accompanying the royal procession down the aisle will include the Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop of London, who gave the sermon at Prince William's wedding.

During the proceedings, the Prime Minister will read from the New Testament, on the theme of duty and sacrifice.

Prayers will be read by a number of inspirational young people, and are to be led by the Rev Jason Rendell, a Minor Canon of St Paul's. They will give thanks for the "lifelong service of Her Majesty".

Beginning at 9.50am:-

Members of the Royal family arrive at St Paul's Cathedral

10.28am: A fanfare is sounded as The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrive. They walk down the aisle, following the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of London, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Henry of Wales.

The Bidding: The Dean of St Paul's welcomes the congregation, who then join the Lord's Prayer.

Hymn: All People That On Earth Do Well

Old Testament reading: Proverbs 8: 1,6-12 read by the Rt Rev Michael Colclough, Canon Pastor

New Testament reading: Romans 12: 1-18, read by the Rt Hon David Cameron MP

The Sermon: Given by the Archbishop of Canterbury


Hymn: O Praise Ye The Lord

The Collect: Given by the Bishop of London

Hymn: Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer

The Blessing: Given by the Archbishop of Canterbury

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