It is with considerable sadness that we learned today the news that His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died.
We send our sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and to members of the Royal Family from our community at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School.
Prince Philip will be remembered for his personal initiatives and support in many spheres, but in particular at Bennett for his encouragement of young people through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, which he founded in 1956.
We join others across the Church of England in prayer.
Lord of Lords and King of Kings, we give you thanks
for the life of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh .
for the grace and mercy
he received from you,
for his faithful love and support
of Her Majesty, The Queen,
and his service to this nation
at home and abroad.
Enfold him in your everlasting arms
grant him rest
and raise him up at the last
in the company of the saints in light.
We remember, too, the Royal Family in their bereavement.
O God, our sovereign and shepherd,
who brought again your Son, Jesus Christ,
from the valley of death,
comfort, we pray,
The Queen and all the Royal Family
with your protecting presence.
Fill them with your Holy Spirit;
and with your heavenly peace;
and bring them at the last
to your everlasting kingdom;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.