Mourners who “follow the Queen’s example and inspiration of trust and faith in God, can say with her: ‘We will meet again,'” the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.
Justin Welby told attendees at the state funeral of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth that grief around the world arises from the Queen’s “abundant life and loving service, now gone from us”.
In his homily, the Archbishop said: “People of loving service are rare in all walks of life. Leaders of loving service are still rare.
“But in any case, those who serve will be loved and remembered when those who cling to power and privilege are long forgotten.
“The sadness of this day – felt not only by the late Queen’s family but across the nation, the Commonwealth and the world – arises from her abundant life and loving service, now gone from us.
“She was joyful, present to so many and touched a multitude of lives.”
The archbishop prayed for the royal family – grieving like so many other families who have lost loved ones recently – but in this case “does it in the brightest spotlight”.
He said, “May God heal their sorrow, may the gap in their lives be marked with memories of joy and life.”
Mr Welby added: “We will all face God’s merciful judgment: we can all share the Queen’s hope which in life and death inspired her servant leadership. Service in life, hope in death.
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“All who follow the Queen’s example and inspiration of trust and faith in God, can say with her: ‘We shall meet again.'”
The comments echo those made by the Queen to comfort the nation during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a televised speech in April 2020, the Queen evoked lyrics from Dame Vera Lynn’s wartime song and told viewers: “We will meet again.”
Around 2,000 people are gathered at Westminster Abbey to remember the late monarch, ahead of a service at Windsor Castle later on Monday.
The service follows the Queen’s recumbent period at Westminster Hall, which ended at 06.30.