Queen"s Diamond Jubilee prayer: Church releases verses giving thanks for Elizabeth"s reign

Diamond Jubilee prayer is unveiled! Church releases verses giving thanks for the Queen's reign

The prayer will be used at the Jubilee Thanksgiving Service on June 5th in St Paul's as well as at other events throughout the year

The Diamond Jubilee Prayer was written at the Queen's direction by the chapter of St Paul's Cathedral

A prayer giving thanks for the reign of the Queen has been released by the Church of England to mark her 60 years on the throne.

The Diamond Jubilee Prayer, written at the Queen's direction by the chapter of St Paul's Cathedral, will be used at the Jubilee Thanksgiving Service on June 5th in St Paul's as well as at other events throughout the year.

The Church of England said the prayer was commended for use by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York throughout all its parishes.

Other denominations are also welcome to use it.

The prayer is part of a package of
material for worship published by the Church of England on its website
to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

It includes a service of thanksgiving,
prayers from the 1953 Coronation Service, children's prayers and even a
prayer first adapted for use during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

The Diamond Jubilee Prayer has been released ahead of a loyal address

to the Queen, who is Supreme Governor
of the Church of England, due to be moved by the Archbishop of
Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, at the start of the General Synod meeting
in London on Monday.

The address coincides with the 60th anniversary of King George VI's death and the Queen's Accession to the throne.

Prayer

The Diamond Jubilee Prayer will be used at the Jubilee Thanksgiving Service on June 5th in St Paul's as well as at other events throughout the year

The Rev Christopher Woods, secretary
of the Liturgical Commission and national worship adviser for the Church
of England, said: 'The fact that Her Majesty has been our Queen for 60
years and is still full of enthusiasm and joy is the occasion for a
great deal of celebration and thanksgiving to God.

'To
this end, the Church of England is delighted to compile prayers, both
traditional and modern, to be used in church services in 2012 – on
Monday February 6 to celebrate The Queen's Accession to the throne, on
Sunday June 3 during the Jubilee weekend, and at other times during the
year.'

The prayer was unveiled on the Church of England website

The prayer was unveiled on the Church of England website