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A few days ago the Countess of Wessex described the Duke of Edinburgh’s death thus:

‘ gentle, it was just like someone took him by the hand and off he went. It was very, very peaceful and that’s all you want for somebody, isn’t it?’

Perhaps she had in mind Bishop George Appleton’s prayer:

‘Looking Forward’

There will come a time, O Lord

when my links with earth grow weaker

when my powers fail

when I must bid farewell to dear ones

still rooted in this life

with their tasks to fulfil

and their loved ones to care for

when I must detach myself

from the loveliest of things

and begin the lonely journey.

Then I shall hear the voice

of my beloved Christ, saying

‘It is I, be not afraid.’

So with my hand in his

from the seeming dark valley

I shall see the shining City of God

and climb with trusting steps

and be met by the Father of souls

and be clasped in the everlasting arms,

which have always been underneath me.’

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  • Rev Annabelle Elletson

Sadly we are now marking the death yesterday of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and consort to The Queen for seventy three years.

I don't think any of us can imagine what it must have been like to live his life, but his contribution not only to his family, and to The Queen's reign, but to his own interests including wildlife conservation, science and engineering have shown his sharp intelligence and curiosity. His interest in and encouragement to young people has been inspiring to hundreds of thousands around the world. Most of all the value of his support to Her Majesty through their long marriage has been incalculable.

This prayer has been issued to mark his death:

God of our lives,

we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,

for his love of our country,

and for his devotion to duty.

We entrust him now to your love and mercy.

Through our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.


  • Rev Annabelle Elletson

The greatest celebration of the year, when we remember our risen Lord, alive again so that we, too, may live.

Wonderful that so many churches have opened for gathered worship today, many thanks to Rev. Sally Rees who came to Llanbedr to lead us in Holy Communion this morning, and especially joyful to compare this Easter with last year - all churches closed, people fearful and angry, hardly a celebration at all.

To make the point that this year is, indeed, joyful, today in the Vale of Gwryne I saw a swallow.

Hurray indeed!