“We have today heard the very sad news that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has died at Balmoral Castle. Our prayers, thoughts and condolences are with the Royal Family, and with all those who mourn her passing.
The Queen has been a role model for many, in her constancy to service and her commitment to Christian faith and values, living those values throughout her life. Notably at the young age of twenty one, Queen Elizabeth made her solemn vow to serve the Nation and Commonwealth throughout her life – an inspirational act of vocation and commitment.
Queen Elizabeth has represented stability throughout her reign and was this country’s longest serving monarch. Although this is a time of very great sorrow, it is also time for gratitude, for a life well lived in duty and in service. We pray for the repose of her soul. May she rest in peace.
Our prayers and thoughts are also with our new Monarch, His Majesty King Charles III. We pray that King Charles will be guided by the message of Jesus Christ to have the strength to carry on the vital role of the monarch to ensure stable government and national unity.
I will celebrate a Diocesan Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral for the repose of the soul of the late Queen Elizabeth. Details will follow on the Diocesan website as they become available. There will be a Requiem Mass before the Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral.”
Bishop Robert Byrne CO
8 September 2022