A Statement from Rev'd Patrick Taylor following the death of Queen Elizabeth II
The sad news of the death of the Queen is of particular significance for Anglicans as she was the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Queen Elizabeth II lived a remarkable life of service to this nation and her influence across the world has been remarkable. Whilst she was careful not to express her opinions to the public, the one exception has been her willingness to speak about the importance of her personal Christian faith. In 2002 she said, “I know just how much I rely on my faith to guide me through the good times and the bad. Each day is a new beginning. I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God… I draw strength from the message of hope in the Christian gospel.”
The Queen’s experiences as our monarch across such a span of recent history gave her a unique perspective and wisdom which was of immense value. She displayed a deep understanding of human nature and for her this meant knowing who we are in relation to God. In her Christmas speech in 2011 she said, “although we are capable of great acts of kindness, history teaches us that we sometimes need saving from ourselves – from our recklessness or our greed. God sent into the world a unique person – neither a philosopher nor a general (important though they are) – but a Saviour, with the power to forgive.”
Elizabeth II consistently and publicly honoured the God she served and was an extraordinary example of joyful, persevering, life-affirming, generous hearted, unstinting, wise service on behalf of others. We give thanks to God for all she was and did.
May she rest in peace and rise in glory with all the Saints.
Rev'd Patrick Taylor
Vicar of Holy Trinity Stratford-upon-Avon with All Saints’ Luddington
and St Helen’s Clifford Chambers.