Monday, 20 February 2012

Queen's Diamond Jubilee

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee marks 60 years since her accession on 6th February 1952. While there will be numerous celebrations throughout the year there will be a special extended bank holiday central weekend in the United Kingdom on 2nd-5th June.

Be a part of itThere are two ways in which you or your church can do this:
The Big Lunch, where groups can organise big party events for their church and community. You can find out more on http://www.thebiglunch.com/ or email: info@thebiglunch.com, or phone: 0845 850 8181.

The Lighting of a Beacon: To commemorate Her Majesty The Queen's 60 year reign over the UK and as head of the Commonwealth, thousands of beacons will be lit around the world on the 4th June 2012. Details of how to register and take part in the beacon network can be found on http://www.diamondjubileebeacons.co.uk/, or phone: 07737 262 913, or email: bruno@diamondjubileebeacons.co.uk

The main website to find out information about the Jubilee can be found on www.direct.gov.uk/diamondjubilee.

The Queen’s Jubilee engagements On Saturday 2nd June, The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby.

On Sunday 3rd June the Big Jubilee Lunch and the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will take place.

On Monday 4th June a concert will be held at Buckingham Palace and a network of beacons will be lit throughout the UK and the Commonwealth.

On Tuesday 5th June a Service of Thanksgiving will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral, which will be followed by a formal carriage Procession.

The Queen will also be embarking upon a tour of the regions and she has set aside Monday 25th June and Wednesday 25th July to visit the South East.

Diamond Jubilee Prayer
A prayer written at The Queen’s Direction by the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee has been released. It will be used in the Jubilee Thanksgiving Service in St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday, June 5th. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have commended it for use throughout the Church of England and other Churches are also welcome to use it.

The Diamond Jubilee Prayer reads:
God of time and eternity,
whose Son reigns as servant, not master;
we give you thanks and praise
that you have blessed this Nation, the Realms and Territories
with ELIZABETH,
our beloved and glorious Queen.
In this year of Jubilee,
grant her your gifts of love and joy and peace
as she continues in faithful obedience to you, her Lord and God
and in devoted service to her lands and peoples,
and those of the Commonwealth,
now and all the days of her life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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