Prince Philip funeral: prayers in full – what the Archbishop of Canterbury and Dean of Windsor said in ceremony

The funeral was a scaled back affair in light of Covid-19 restrictions, but there was still some beautiful words said as part of the ceremony

The Duke of Edinburgh’s life and legacy were remembered during a funeral service reflecting his naval career, passion for engineering and dedication to the Queen.

Covid-19 regulations reduced the scope of the service with public elements cancelled, mourners reduced from around 800 to just 30, and all guests wearing face masks and sitting apart.

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As the funeral began, the nation came to a halt to observe a minute’s silence in memory of the duke who died a few months short of his 100th birthday.

Though there was no sermon delivered during the ceremonial royal service in keeping with Philip’s wishes, both the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury were on hand to say some words (Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/PA Images)

During the poignant event attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's children and grandchildren, he was described as enriching the lives of all those he knew with his “kindness, humour and humanity”.

Though there was no sermon delivered during the ceremonial royal service in keeping with Philip’s wishes, both David Conner – the Dean of Windsor – and the Archbishop of Canterbury were on hand to say some words.

Here is everything that was said as part of the powerfully simple ceremony.

The Bidding

There was a space left beside the Queen where her husband of 73 years would have sat (Photo: Jonathan Buckmaster/Daily Express/PA Wire/PA Images)

David Conner, the Dean of Windsor, said in the Bidding: “We are here today in St George’s Chapel to commit into the hands of God the soul of his servant Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“With grateful hearts, we remember the many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us.

“We have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen, by his service to the nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith.

“Our lives have been enriched through the challenges that he has set us, the encouragement that he has given us, his kindness, humour and humanity.

Troops stood with their heads bowed as the funeral procession passed (Photo: Hannah McKay)

“We therefore pray that God will give us grace to follow his example, and that, with our brother Philip, at the last, we shall know the joys of life eternal.”

The Collect

The Dean of Windsor said in the Collect: “O merciful God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the resurrection and the life; in whom whosoever believeth shall live, though he die; and whosoever liveth, and believeth in him, shall not die eternally; who also hath taught us by his Holy Apostle Saint Paul, not to be sorry, as men without hope, for them that sleep in him: We meekly beseech thee, O Father that, when we shall depart this life, we may rest in him, as our hope is this our brother doth; and that, at the general resurrection in the last day, we may be found acceptable in thy sight; and receive that blessing, which thy well-beloved Son shall then pronounce to all that love and fear thee, saying, Come ye blessed children of my Father; receive the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world.

“Grant this we beseech thee, O merciful Father through Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s prayer

“O eternal God, before whose face the generations rise and pass away, thyself unchanged, abiding, we bless thy holy name for all who have completed their earthly course in thy faith and following, and are now at rest; we remember before thee this day Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, rendering thanks unto thee – for his resolute faith and loyalty, for his high sense of duty and integrity, for his life of service to the nation and Commonwealth, and for the courage and inspiration of his leadership.

“To him, with all the faithful departed, grant thy peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and in thy loving wisdom and almighty power work in them the good purpose of thy perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

The Dean of Windsor’s prayer

“O Lord, who didst give to thy servant Saint George grace to lay aside the fear of man, and to be faithful even unto death: Grant that we, unmindful of worldly honour, may fight the wrong, uphold thy rule, and serve thee to our lives’ end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

“God save our gracious Sovereign and all the Companions, living and departed, of the Most Honourable and Noble Order of The Garter. Amen.

“O God of the spirits of all flesh, we praise thy holy name for thy servant Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who has left us a fair pattern of valiant and true knighthood; grant unto him the assurance of thine ancient promise that thou wilt ever be with those who go down to the sea in ships and occupy their business in great waters.

“And we beseech thee that, following his good example and strengthened by his fellowship, we may at the last, together with him, be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s second prayer

“O Lord God, when thou givest to thy servants to endeavour any great matter, grant us also to know that it is not the beginning, but the continuing of the same unto the end, until it be thoroughly finished, which yieldeth the true glory; through him, who for the finishing of thy work laid down his life, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen.

“Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of all comfort: Deal graciously, we pray thee, with those who mourn; that casting every care on thee they may know the consolation of thy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

The Commendation

The Dean of Windsor gave the Commendation: “Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul; In the name of God the Father Almighty who created thee; In the name of Jesus Christ who suffered for thee; In the name of the Holy Spirit who strengtheneth thee; May thy portion this day be in peace, and thy dwelling in the heavenly Jerusalem. Amen.”

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