A specially composed grace thanking God for the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen – and the food to be shared at Jubilee celebrations – has been published.
Seen by Her Majesty, it will be prayed by millions of people throughout the Commonwealth on Sunday 3 June, before they share a Big Jubilee Lunch in their communities. The Big Jubilee Lunch is part of the celebrations for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, as announced by Buckingham Palace, and encourages people to come together to share lunch with neighbours, friends and family.
The grace reads:
Grace for Diamond Jubilee Lunches
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, we give you thanks for the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth; for her steadfast faith and for her royal service to this nation and all the peoples of the Commonwealth.
Bless the food before us and the people beside us; may the sharing of this meal strengthen our communities, and nurture the bonds between us of friendship, hope and trust.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ who reigns as servant of all.
The text of the grace is available on the Church of England website.
Presentation versions of the grace may be downloaded and printed by all wishing to use it from the HOPE website.