10 June 1921 to 9 April 2021
Christ Church joined the nation in mourning, thanksgiving and remembrance. 11th April 2021
Following the announcement of the death of Prince Philip, as an opportunity to pause in church and to pray and maybe light a candle of remembrance, the church stayed open on Sunday morning and will be open again after Wednesday Communion until noon. We thank Mark Hodgson for a muffled toll of bells last Friday and handbell ringers to greet worshippers on Sunday morning. The families at Source learnt a little about Prince Phillip and were able to light a candle in memory. We have changed our liturgical colour to purple as a sign of mourning.
Rosemary is currently away on leave; she returns this week and her thoughts are with all at Christ Church and in the deanery as churches give thanks for Philip’s life. In this year of losses, we join the nation and Commonwealth in mourning the loss of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
To quote the bishop of Dorking the Rt Revd Jo Bailey Wells,
“ I was so sorry to hear of the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He has provided huge service to our Nation and the Commonwealth for all my life and longer, both on his own account and in his unswerving support of Her Majesty the Queen through the many joys and challenges of the past seven decades. Our thoughts today are with the Queen and members of the Royal Family that they might know the presence of the living God as they mourn his loss. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. “
Remember, O Lord, your servant Philip, who has gone before us with the sign of faith and now rests in the sleep of peace. According to your promises, grant to him and to all who rest in Christ, refreshment, light and peace, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen
(Since this photograph was taken Liz Pullinger has put a special floral tribute in church as part of our commemoration)