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Anglican Order of Service
The Westminster Abbey Funeral Service of
H.M.Queen Elizabeth,The Queen Mother
By Father Monty

The Order of Service for the Funeral of
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Westminster Abbey
Tuesday 9 April 2002 at 11:30am
You can shed tears that she is gone
or you can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.

Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember her and only that she's gone
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn
your back or you can do what she'd want: smile,
open your eyes, love and go on.

The whole of the church is served by a hearing loop.
Users should turn their hearing aid to the setting
marked T. Mobile phones and pagers must be
switched OFF.

The service is sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey
(Organist and Master of the Choristers, James O'Donnell)
and the Choir of Her Majesty's Chapels Royal
(Organist, Choirmaster and Composer, Andrew Gant).
The conductor is James O'Donnell.
The organ is played by Andrew Reid,
Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey.

Music before the service: Simon Bell,
Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey plays:
Fantasia and fugue in G minor, BWV542
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Pièce d'orgue, BWV572
Johann Sebastian Bach

Andrew Reid plays:
Passacaglia in C minor, BWV582
Johann Sebastian Bach
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV731
Johann Sebastian Bach
Solemn Melody
Henry Walford Davies (1869-1941)

Before the service the Tenor bell is tolled every
minute for one hundred and one minutes, reflecting
the years of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth,
The Queen Mother's life.

At 11.30 a.m. the Cortège enters the Great West Door and,
preceded by the Collegiate Procession, moves to the Quire.

All stand.

The Choir of Westminster Abbey sings

I AM the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that
believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
St John 11: 25, 26

I KNOW that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand
at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin
worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God;
whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold,
and not another.
Job 19: 25-27

WE brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we
shall carry nothing out. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath
taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
I Timothy 6: 7; Job 1: 21

William Croft (1678-1727)
Organist of Westminster Abbey 1708-27

The Choirs sing:

THOU knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut
not thy merciful ears unto our prayer; but spare us,
Lord most holy,  O God most mighty, O holy and
most merciful Saviour, thou most worthy Judge
eternal. Suffer us not, at our last hour, for any pains
of death, to fall from thee. Amen.
Henry Purcell (1659-95)
Organist of Westminster Abbey 1679-95
Book of Common Prayer

I HEARD a voice from heaven, saying unto
me, "Write, From henceforth blessed
are the dead which die in the Lord:
even so saith the Spirit; for they rest
from their labours."
William Croft
Revelation 14: 13

All remain standing.

The Very Reverend Dr. Wesley Carr,
Dean of Westminster, says

IN gratitude we bid farewell to a greatly loved
Queen. For her grace, humanity and sympathy,
for her courage in adversity, for the happiness
she brought to so many, for her steadfast pilgrimage
of faith, for her example of service, and for the duty
which she rendered unflinchingly to her country,
we thank and praise Almighty God.

As we commend Elizabeth, his servant, to
God's mercy, let us especially pray for her
family in their loss.

We give them back to Thee, dear Lord,
who gavest them to us; yet
 as Thou dost not lose them in giving,
so we have not lost them by their return.
Not as the world giveth, givest Thou,
O Lover of Souls.
What Thou gavest, Thou takest not away,
for what is Thine is ours always if we are
Thine. And Life is eternal and Love is
immortal, and death is only an horizon,
and an horizon is nothing save
the limit of our sight.

All sit.

The Most Rev'd and Right Honourable Dr David Hope,
KCVO, Lord Archbishop of York, Primate of England
and Metropolitan, reads THE FIRST LESSON


REMEMBER now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the
evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt
say, I have no pleasure in them; While the sun, or the light, or
the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return
after the rain: in the day when the keepers of the house shall
tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the
grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out
of the windows be darkened, and the doors shall be shut in
the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he
shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters
of musick shall be brought low.

Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears
shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the
grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man
goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be
broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the
wheel broken at the cistern.

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and
the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

All remain seated.

The Choir of Westminster Abbey sings
I WILL lift up mine eyes unto the hills: from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh even from the Lord: who hath made heaven and
earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: and he that keepeth
thee will not sleep. Behold, he that keepeth Israel: shall neither
slumber nor sleep. The Lord himself is thy keeper: the Lord is
thy defence upon thy right hand; So that the sun shall not burn
thee by day: neither the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve
thee from all evil: yea, it is even he that shall keep thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in:
from this time forth, for evermore.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the
Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and
ever shall be: world without end.

William McKie (1901-83)
Organist of Westminster Abbey 1941-63

All remain seated.
His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor,
Archbishop of Westminster,

AFTER this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man
could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and peoples, and
tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed
with white robes,  and palms in their hands; and cried with a
loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the
throne, and unto the Lamb.

And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the
elders and the four living creatures, and fell before the throne
on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, Amen: Blessing, and
glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power,
and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are
these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence
came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest.

And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation,
and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of
the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve
him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne
shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst
any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them,
and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God
shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
All stand to sing


IMMORTAL, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all life thou givest - to both great and small;
In all life thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish - but nought changeth thee.

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
All laud we would render: O help us to see
'Tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.

St Denio 377 NEH
adapted from a Welsh song set to a hymn in
John Roberts' Caniadau y Cyssegre (1839)
W Chalmers Smith (1824-1908)
1 Timothy 1: 17

All sit for
The Most Rev'd and Right Honourable
Dr George Carey
Lord Archbishop of Canterbury
Primate of All England and Metropolitan

All remain seated.

The Choirs sing

HOW lovely are thy dwellings fair: O Lord of Hosts.
My soul ever longeth and fainteth sore for the blest courts
of the Lord: my heart and my flesh do cry to the living God.
O blest are they that in thy house are dwelling: they
ever praise thee, O Lord, for evermore.
Johannes Brahms (1833-97)
from A German Requiem
Psalm 84: 1-2, 4

All remain seated for

The Rev'd Chris Chivers, Minor
Canon of Westminster Abbey, says:
Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

All say together:

OUR Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as
we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver
us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, the
power and the glory, for ever and ever.

The Right Rev'd John Miller, Moderator of the
General Assembly, Church of Scotland, says:

GOD of all grace, who didst send thy Son our Saviour Jesus
Christ to bring life and immortality to light: Most humbly and
heartily we give thee thanks that by his death he destroyed
the power of death, and by his glorious resurrection opened
the kingdom of heaven to all believers. Grant us assuredly to
know  that because he lives we shall live also, and that
neither death nor life, nor things present nor things to come,
shall be able to separate us from thy love, which is in Christ
Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Book of Common Order of the Church of Scotland.

ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies and giver of all comfort:
deal graciously, we pray, with those who mourn, that casting all
their care on thee, they may know the consolation of thy love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Choirs sing:

HOLY is the true light, and passing wonderful, lending radiance
to them that endured in the heat of the conflict; from Christ
they inherit a home of unfading splendour, wherein they
rejoice with gladness  evermore.  Alleluia.
William Harris (1883-1973) Salisbury Diurnal

The Minor Canon continues:

ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all goodness, we humbly beseech
thee to bless our most gracious Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth,
Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Charles, Prince of Wales, and all the Royal
Family: endue them with thy Holy Spirit, enrich them with thy heavenly
grace; prosper them with all happiness; and bring them to thine
everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Dean concludes:

O ETERNAL God, our Heavenly Father, we bless thy
holy name for all that thou hast given us in and
through the life of  thy daughter Elizabeth.

We give thee thanks: for her love of family and her
gift of friendship; for her grace, dignity and courtesy;
for her humour, generosity and sheer love of life.

And we praise thee for: the courage that she showed in
times of hardship; the depth and reality of her Christian
faith; the good example that she set for us to follow.

We offer thee our heartfelt thanks for the deep affection
she drew out of everyone she met, and we pray that thou
wilt grant her peace; let light perpetual shine upon her;
and in thy loving wisdom and almighty power work in her
the  good purpose of thy perfect will;  through Jesus
Christ our Lord.

BRING us, O Lord God, at our last awakening into the house
and gate of heaven, to enter into that gate and dwell in that
house, where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one
equal light; no noise nor silence, but one equal music; no fears
nor hopes, but one equal possession; no ends nor beginnings,
but one equal eternity; in the habitations of thy glory and
dominion, world without end.
John Donne (1572-1631)
All stand to sing

GUIDE me, O thou great Redeemer,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
Hold me with thy powerful hand:
Bread of heaven,
Feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fiery cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through:
Strong deliverer,
Be thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of death, and hell's Destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan's side:
Songs and praises
I will ever give to thee.

Cwm Rhondda 368 NEH
John Hughes (1873-1932)
William Williams (1717-91)
translated by Peter Williams
(1727-96), and others

All sit.
The Rev'd Anthony Burnham, Moderator,
The Free Churches Group, reads

I SEE myself now at the end of my journey, my toilsome
days are ended. I am going now to see that head that was
crowned with thorns, and that face that was spit upon for me.

I have formerly lived by hearsay and faith but now I go where
I shall live by sight, and shall be with him in whose company
I delight myself.

I have loved to hear my Lord spoken of; and wherever I
have seen the print of his shoe in the earth, there I have
coveted to set my foot to.

His name to me has been as a civet-box; yea, sweeter than
all perfume. His voice to me has been most sweet; and his
countenance I have more desired than they that have most
desired  the light of the sun.  His word I did use to gather for
my food,  and for antidotes against my faintings. 'He has held
me, and hath kept me from mine iniquities;
yea, my  steps hath he strengthened in his way.'

Glorious it was to see how the open region was filled
with  horses and chariots, with trumpeters and pipers,
with singers and players on stringed instruments, to
welcome the Pilgrims as they  went  up, and followed
one another in at the beautiful gate of the city.
John Bunyan (1628-88)
All stand for
The Archbishop of Canterbury says:
Let us commend our sister, Elizabeth, to the
mercy of God, our Maker and Redeemer.

O HEAVENLY Father, who by thy mighty power hast given
us life, and in thy love hast given us new life in thy beloved
Son: we entrust our sister, Elizabeth, to thy merciful keeping,
in the faith of the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who died
and rose again to save us and now liveth and reigneth with
thee and the Holy Spirit,  ever One God, world without end.
All remain standing for

The Archbishop says:
MAY God in his infinite love and mercy bring the whole
Church, living and departed in the Lord Jesus, to a joyful
resurrection and the fulfilment of his eternal kingdom; and
the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the
Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you always.

The Choirs sing:
Amen. Orlando Gibbons
Organist of Westminster
Abbey 1623-25

All remain standing for

All remain standing. Garter King of Arms
Thus it hath pleased Almighty God to take out of this transitory life
unto His Divine Mercy the late Most High, Most Mighty and Most
Excellent Princess Elizabeth, Queen Dowager and Queen Mother,
Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Lady of the Most
Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Lady of the Imperial
Order of the Crown of India, Grand Master and Dame Grand Cross
of the Royal Victorian Order upon whom had been conferred the
Royal Victorian Chain, Dame Grand Cross of the Most Excellent
Order of the British Empire,  Dame Grand Cross of the Most
Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John, Relict of His Majesty
King George the Sixth and Mother  of Her Most Excellent Majesty
Elizabeth The Second by the Grace  of God of the United Kingdom
of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of her other Realms and
Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the
Faith, Sovereign of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, whom
may God preserve and bless with long life, health
and honour and all worldly happiness.

All remain standing for
All sing
GOD save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save The Queen.
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save The Queen.

Thesaurus Musicus (c.1743)

All remain standing as the Cortège
and Processions leave the church.

Music after the service:
Prelude and Fugue in E flat, BWV552
Johann Sebastian Bach

The bells of the Abbey Church are now rung
half-muffled to a  peal of Stedman Caters,
comprising 5101 changes.

Members of the Congregation are requested to remain
in their places until invited by the Stewards to move.
Here Endth The Anglican Service
From Westminster Abbey, The Queen Mother
will then be interred at Royal Windsor's King
George VI Memorial Chapel, where a private
service will take place for the Royal Family
and their close friends only.

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