Anglican Church holds special service for late Queen Elizabeth

1 The Primate, Church of NigeriaAnglican Communion Archbishop Henry Ndukuba has described the late Queen Elizabeth II of England as a defender of the Protestant faith, whose entire life was guided by her belief in Jesus Christ.

2 The Primate made the statement in his sermon during a Queen’s Remembrance Service, held at the Cathedral Church of Advent, Life Camp, Abuja.

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3 He said his messages have always demonstrated his personal commitment to the rich heritage of faith in the living God, beliefs about marriage, morality and the dignity of human life, rooted in scripture.

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4 The Archbishop said that despite her deep beliefs in Christ, the Queen welcomes and respects other religions and peoples.

5 In the special services In the presence of members of the House of Bishops, clergy and laity of the Church, Ndukuba recalled his publicly declared devotion to Jesus Christ when he ascended to the throne 70 years ago.

6 He said: ‘At her coronation, when she was transformed into the Church, she first went to the high altar to kneel in prayer and personally surrendered her life to Almighty God before descending in the pomp and pageantry of the coronation.

seven “Her message of August 3, 2022 made this clear when she said ‘Throughout my life the message and teachings of Christ have been my guide and in them find hope.

The Archbishop added that the Queen ran a good race in faith and life until the end.

9 “If Christ and the word of God are his hope, then there is the great and glorious reward of the crown of righteousness awaiting him,” he added.

ten The Primate, who based his exhortation on 2nd Timothy 4:6-8, said “like Saint Paul the Apostle, the Queen would be remembered as the monarch whose life was deliberately dedicated to the service of God and his people.

Reflecting on her life and the many charitable works that have touched many needy people, the Primate said, “Like Paul, she was poured into the very service to which she was called.

12 “As a young princess, she pledged to spend her whole life in the service of the people, whether that life was long or short.

13 “Indeed, God blessed her with longevity and she was a mark of humble, patient and dedicated service to the citizens of Britain and around the world.

14 “Until the very last breath of her life, she remained resolute in her service.”

15 “Queen Elizabeth II has been a constant and unwavering guide to Britain, the Commonwealth and world leaders through the most difficult times in history, wars, economic downturns and political instabilities.

He also described her as a guiding light and a measure of stability, who was always calm and unflappable in the face of challenges, whether personal, national or international.

17 “She lived a useful and fulfilling life in service to her kingdom and the world,” the clergy added.

18 The Nigerian Anglican leader said her reign witnessed the transition from colonial rule to the independence and nationhood of many nations under the British Empire.

19 “She wisely brought these nations into being.

20 As a mother, she was able to build them into a commonwealth of nations that remained a strong bloc of nations contributing to world peace,” he added.

21 Ndukuba took the opportunity to remind Christians of life beyond this world, the second coming of Jesus Christ, eternal judgment and reward.

22 Reading Psalms 39:4-6, 90:10 and 1 Peter 1:24, the Archbishop reminded Christians of “the inevitability of death.”

23 “The real question is where will you be when this life is over.

24 Hebrews 9 verse 27 says “it is appointed for men to die once, but after that comes the judgment of God”.
He prayed that “God would raise up beloved Queen Elizabeth II at the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Liang, who led the Commission staff members in the service, thanked the Primate and the Church for honoring the late Queen and for identifying with the people of the UK in their time of mourning.

“We share a common heritage in the Anglican faith and as we heard in the sermon, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II was the defender of that faith,” she said.

The High Commissioner recounted her previous audiences with the Queen as her representative in Nigeria, where she spoke with such emotion about her two visits to Nigeria in 1956 and 2003.
“King Charles III also has great interests in Nigeria, has visited and will return,” she said.

The Archbishop of Jose Province and Bishop of yola Diocesan Markus Ibrahim and Bishop Stephen Fagbemi of Owo Diocese led intercessory prayers for the new King and the late Queen.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the cathedral choir sang hymns and a special hymn, “His eyes are on the sparrow.

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