Cardinal Vincent Nichols has offered his good wishes to Her Majesty The Queen on her 90th birthday.
‘The Queen offers an example to us all of dedicated and enduring service,’ the cardinal tweeted. ‘I wish her a happy birthday as we all look forward to the public celebrations next month.’
The Bishops’ Conference recently passed a resolution establishing that, at all Sunday Masses on 11th and 12th June 2016, each parish prays for Her Majesty to mark her 90th birthday by including such an intention in the Bidding Prayers and by reciting at the end of Mass (after the Prayer after Communion and before the Final Blessing) the Prayer for the Queen.
Further, the Bishops’ Conference recommends to parishes the circulation and use of the booklet The Servant Queen and the King she serves. This book, published by Bible Society, HOPE and LICC, uses the Queen’s own words to draw out the central role of her trust in Jesus Christ.
Prayer for the Queen
V. O Lord, save Elizabeth, our Queen.
R. And hear us on the day we call upon you.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come before you.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.
Almighty God, we pray, that your servant Elizabeth, our Queen, who, by your providence has received the governance of this realm, may continue to grow in every virtue, that, imbued with your heavenly grace, she may be preserved from all that is harmful and evil and, being blessed with your favour may, with her consort and the royal family, come at last into your presence, through Christ who is the way, the truth and the life and who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Picture: Queen Elizabeth II waves to well wishers from a open top Range Rover in Windsor, Berkshire, as she celebrates her 90th birthday. (Anthony Devlin/PA).