• Rev Annabelle Elletson

Remembering Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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

‘...so 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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