- The Queen was head of the Church of England for over 70 years
- She was a devout Christian who attended church every Sunday with a child
- Her Majesty seeks comfort in the story of Christ after Prince Philip’s death
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Religious leaders around the world have paid tribute to the Queen, who was the head of the Church of England after her death on Thursday at the age of 96.
Throughout her life, Queen Elizabeth II adored her Christian faith after attending church as a child with her parents, the Queen Mother and King George VI – and she once said that their religion was their religion during their reign. There was ‘an inspiration and anchor’ during.
The Archbishop of Canterbury drew tribute from religious leaders to the emperor, whom he described as a ‘faithful Christian disciple’.
The Duke and Duchess of York (later to become King George VI and Queen Mother) attend a church service in Eastbourne, Sussex with Princess Elizabeth (back right) and Princess Margaret (front right) in March 1936.
The Queen met with many religious leaders from around the world during her historic 70-year reign (pictured with Pope John Paul II in 1982).
Following news of her death, the Archbishop of Canterbury issued a statement paying tribute to the Queen as a ‘faithful Christian disciple’.
Monarch’s dedication to her religion has undoubtedly helped her through some of the most difficult times in her life – especially after the loss of her husband Prince Philip in April last year.
During her Christmas Day address to the nation in 2021, Her Majesty paid tribute to her late husband for his devotion to him and a lifetime of public service.
Later in the speech, she described how the story of Christ helped her, and many others around the world applauded the new beginning.
The queen said: ‘[Children] Like the story of Christmas, teach us all that in the birth of a child comes a new dawn with endless possibilities.
‘It’s the simplicity of the Christmas story that makes it so universally appealing…
‘Simple events that form the starting point of the life of Jesus, a man whose teaching has been passed down from generation to generation, and who has been the basis of my faith.’
Pope Francis (right) says he is praying for Her Majesty’s ‘eternal rest’ after the death of Queen Elizabeth II (pictured with the Queen at the Vatican in 2014)
During the 70 years of her reign, the Queen’s Christmas Day speeches invoked biblical references to the story of Christ’s birth as well as other stories including the Good Samaritan.
When she assumed the throne after her father’s death in 1952, the then 25-year-old queen vowed to be guided by her Christian faith throughout her reign and to ask her subjects to pray for her before her coronation the following summer. Told.
In his first Christmas Day address to the nation that same year, which was broadcast on the radio, the Monarch said: ‘Pray for me … may I faithfully serve him and you all the days of my life.’
In 1989, he referenced the story and used it to ask people to think about how they could help their friends and neighbors who ‘need a helping hand’.
He said: ‘It would be great to think that in the last years of the twentieth century Christ’s message about loving our neighbors as ourselves would finally be heeded.’
As the world prepared to ring in the new millennium in the year 2000, the emperor used his Christmas Day address to honor the birth of Christ once again.
He said: ‘Today we are celebrating the fact that Jesus Christ was born 2,000 years ago; This is the true millennium anniversary.
The emperor continued: ‘For me, the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life.
‘I, like many of you, have found great comfort in difficult times from the words and example of Christ.’
The Queen pays heartfelt tribute to her ‘beloved’ Prince Philip in a 2021 Christmas Day message and describes how Christ’s story has comforted him in times of grief
The Queen went to church every Sunday when she was an infant with her parents and sister, Princess Margaret.
Elizabeth II’s faith is believed to have been influenced and inspired by her grandfather, King George V, who was known to read a chapter of the Bible every night.
As religious leaders around the world paid tribute to the queen, they acknowledged the late monarch’s devotion to her faith and how it affected her rule.
The Archbishop of Canterbury said in a statement: ‘His trust in God and deep love for God was the basis of how he led his life – hour by hour, day by day.
‘In The Late Queen’s Life, we saw what it means to receive the gift of life that has been given to us by God and – through patient, humble, selfless service – share it as a gift to others.
‘His heavenly glory found great joy and fulfillment in the service of his people and his Lord, “whose service is absolute freedom” (BCP).
‘We owe him a debt of gratitude beyond measure, for giving his whole life to us, and for allowing his life of service to be an instrument of God’s peace among us.’
The Chief Rabbi also honored the Monarch, calling it a ‘rock of sustainability and a champion of timeless value’.
They said: ‘We extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty’s son and heir and all members of the Royal Family.
‘We pray that our nation will benefit from the strength and understanding of our new sovereign for many years to come.’
The Chief Rabbi said: ‘He never let us down’.
Pope Francis also sent his condolences to King Charles III, saying he was praying for the late Queen’s ‘eternal rest’.
He said to the new king: ‘I assure His Majesty with my prayers that Almighty God will sustain you by His infinite grace as you are now taking on your higher responsibilities…
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