04 February 2016
Birthday prayers for the Queen issued
The Queen has approved prayers written for her 90th birthday by the Church of England.
Two prayers have been published for use in services during the national celebrations in April and June.
Street parties and other public events have the chance to use two thanksgiving graces, which have also been published.
Dr Matthew Salisbury, national liturgy and worship adviser for the Church of England said: "The prayers offer thanksgiving and praise for the long service of the Queen.
"They ask that through God's grace and inspired by her example of faith and service for others we may all receive strength and wisdom in our own lives."
Echoing the words used in the Queen's first Christmas broadcast in 1952, one of the graces asks for continued wisdom and strength while also blessing the celebration of her service:
Gracious God, give our Queen continued
wisdom and strength
to carry out the promises she has made;
and bless (this food, and) those who are gathered here,
that, sustained by service for others,
we may faithfully serve you, all the days of our life.
If your church is thinking about marking the occasion, you can find resources and ideas from HOPE, and you can read more about the book The Servant Queen - and the King She Serves here, published later this year.
You can also share your plans through the Church Care website, find tips and advice on planning events and services, and see promoted initiatives on a dedicated celebration map.