Anglican Bishop of Norwich Joins in Roman Catholic Requiem Mass for The Queen
Church of England Bishop of Norwich, Graham Usher joined in a Roman Catholic Requiem Mass for Her Majesty The Queen at St John’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Norwich on 15 September.
Roman Catholic Bishop Alan Hopes remarked favourably on Her Majesty’s Christian character,
“Today, we thank God for Queen Elizabeth’s outstanding witness to her Christian faith, the Gospel and the values of the common good, family life and peace, whilst always respecting people of different religions and cultures. We thank God for 70 years of faithful dedication to the service of others.
“In these recent days, the world has been reminded again and again of the late Queen’s profound Christian faith. One of her former prime ministers said that what made it profound was not so much what she said about it – but the fact that she lived it to the full.
“We have also been reminded of her pledge – made when she was 21 years old – that whether her life be long or short she would always be at the service of her people.”
In the Roman Catholic Church, a Requiem Mass is offered for the repose of the soul of someone who has died.
Article XXXI says in part: “Wherefore the sacrifices of Masses, in the which it was commonly said, that the Priest did offer Christ for the quick and the dead, to have remission of pain or guilt were blasphemous fables and dangerous deceits.”