Williams produces prayers for Diana commemoration

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23 August 2007

by Helen Saxbee

Poignant: a wreath with the message “Mummy” on Princess Diana’s coffin at her funeral Westminster Abbey, on 6 September, 1997 PiCTURE: PA

Poignant: a wreath with the message “Mummy” on Princess Diana’s coffin at her funeral Westminster Abbey, on 6 September, 1997 PiCTURE: PA

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has written prayers for use on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Dr Williams wrote the prayers at the request of Princes William and Harry, and they are to be used at the memorial service for the Princess to be held at the Guards Chapel, at Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, in central London, on 31 August. The Princess died in Paris in a car crash on 1 September, 1997.

The prayers read:

God our Father, we remember before you Diana, Princess of Wales, and offer you our gratitude for all the memories of her that we treasure still.

Her vulnerability and her willingness to reach out to the excluded and forgotten touched us all; her generosity gave hope and joy to many.

May she rest in peace where sorrow and pain are banished, and may the everlasting light of your merciful love shine upon her; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Father eternal, unfailing source of peace to all who seek you, we entrust to your love and protection all for whom this anniversary of the tragic and untimely death of Diana, Princess of Wales reawakens the pains of grief and loss.

Comfort all who mourn, that casting all their cares upon you, they may be filled with your gifts — of new life, of courage and of hope; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The prayers are available for use in churches around the country, and are available from the C of E website. Traditional language versions can also be found on the site.

www.cofe.anglican.org/prayers/

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