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The Dean of Windsor is opening Queen Elizabeth II’s committal service with a bidding.
“We have come together to commit into the hands of God the soul of his servant Queen Elizabeth. Here, in St, George’s Chapel, where she so often worshipped, we are bound to call to mind someone whose uncomplicated yet profound Christian faith bore so much fruit,” he said.
“Fruit, in a life of unstinting service to the Nation, the Commonwealth and the wider world, but also (and especially to be remembered in this place) in kindness, concern and reassuring care for her family and friends and neighbours.
“In the midst of our rapidly changing and frequently troubled world, her calm and dignified presence has given us confidence to face the future, as she did, with courage and with hope.
“As, with grateful hearts, we reflect on these and all the many other ways in which her long life has been a blessing to us, we pray that God will give us grace to honor her memory by following her example, and that, with our sister Elizabeth, at the last, we shall know the joys of life eternal.”
Before the Dean began his bidding, the choir sang the Russian Contakion of the Departed, which is often performed at funerals.