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/ 9 April 2021

Guidance for parishes on the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Following the sad announcement of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, please find below some guidance for parishes.

We will add to this article as further information as it becomes available.

Page last updated Monday 12 April.

Condolence books

The Church of England has opened an online condolence book, which is open to any individual or church communities who wish to sign and record a message. There is a QR code for the online book, which can be used on posters / printed resources

The Government has advised that in order to observe current Covid-19 precautions, physical condolence books should not be offered at this time.

Parish Guidance documents

There are guidance documents on the Church of England website. The present coronavirus pandemic means risk assessments will need to be undertaken to see what impact the pandemic may have on any of these potential arrangements.

Prayer and Liturgical resources

The Church of England has now published Prayer and Liturgical resources on their website.

Photographs

You can find an approved photograph for use on websites and social media here. The Resource Hub on AChurchNearYou.com will also be updated with an image for churches to use, and the National Anthem.

A message from the Bishop of London

Bishop Sarah has recorded a video message, which can be seen on our website alongside the text. Please feel free to share it with your communities.

Service at St Paul’s cathedral

A special Choral Evensong was broadcast on Saturday10 April on BBC Radio 3. Bishop Sarah gave the Blessing. You can listen again here. 

Bell ringing

Half-muffled tolling or chiming of a single bell on Saturday 10th April 2021 at 12 noon, 99 times or up to 5 minutes was recommended following the announcement of the death the Duke of Edinburgh. The Cabinet Office has declared 8 days of official mourning, during which time any other ringing should be half-muffled and in accordance with current Covid-19 restrictions. Half-muffled tolling or chiming of a single bell is recommended on the day of the funeral. There is no special dispensation of current ringing guidance on Sunday.

 


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