Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The first British monarch to celebrate a diamond wedding anniversary

Cranmer rejoices today on this most happy occasion of the 60th anniversary of the wedding of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, told the congregation: "Today we celebrate not only a marriage but the relationship between monarch and people of which also that marriage is a symbol: a relationship in which we see what levels of commitment are possible for someone upheld by a clear sense of God’s calling and enabling, and the corresponding vision of the worthwhileness of this national and international family that is the Commonwealth, which has been the recipient of such unswerving service.

"So before we complain too loudly about a world of disposable relationships and short-term policies, a world of fracturing and insecure international bonds and the decline of trust, we should remember today that we have cause for thanksgiving - thanksgiving that God has made human beings capable, against all the odds, of reflecting his own completely costly and self-giving commitment to his world; that the gift of marriage makes this capacity visible in our world; and that, in the lives of the couple with whom today we join in celebration, that bracing, renewing and hopeful vision of faithful generosity has been for 60 years set so clearly before our eyes.

"May it be so for many more years."

Amen and amen. The Archbishop paid generous homage to his Monarch, adding: “(I)t also means that we can give special thanks for the very public character of the witness and the sign offered to us by this marriage and what it has meant to nation and Commonwealth over the decades."

The milestone is not merely a symbol of the relationship between the people and their Monarch, but the embodiment of a life of devotion to the Lord which has been blessed with longevity. To recognise Her Majesty’s ‘unqualified commitment’ is to acknowledge her vocation – a word rarely talked of these days – and ‘the creative faithfulness that secures the trust, love and prayerful support of millions’.

God save the Queen!


Anonymous The recusant said...

All I know of the Queen and Prince Philip is what I read, see and hear in the media. I see a Christian woman who puts duty to her country first above her own desires and supported by her husband. I see a family beset with its own problems, continually under siege from an intrusive journalistic underclass, digging for any snippet it thinks will sell an extra few copies in the next edition, no matter how hurtful, prurient or just made up, in he case of the recent BBC debacle. Apart from, and after a particularly tying Annus horribilis I see a couple with inherent dignity, a quiet love and profound respect for each other, accepting their lot and getting on with life uncomplaining, promoting Great Britain and managing to survive under this intolerable government. Perhaps there are things we would like Her Majesty or do or say, I'm sure there are things she would like to say, I'm sure she does to Prince Philip, but both have chosen a life of service and I for one am grateful for it. We as a nation are fortunate indeed to have such a monarch; I congratulate them on 60 years of marriage. God Save the Queen.

20 November 2007 at 10:44  
Anonymous Oiznop said...

I too offer my congtaulations to them. Their example is to be emulated, both in terms of service and commitment to marriage. They sometimes seem to be from another age, but it's an age that had many excellent qualities.

God save the Queen (and God help Prince Philip!)

20 November 2007 at 10:47  
Anonymous WhiteNoise said...

Your Grace,

Have you much opinion on Christian think tanks such as Theos??

I'd be interested to hear what your views are.

20 November 2007 at 15:58  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

Something that's "new" is not immediately "good".

Such as:

1. New Labour
2. Nerve Gas
3. Marburg virus

20 November 2007 at 16:43  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr/Miss/Mrs/Ms Whitenoise,

Somewhat off topic, unless Theos has commented upon the diamond wedding anniversary of Her Majesty, but you are welcome nonetheless to His Grace's blog of intelligent and erudite comment upon matters religio-political.

Alas, His Grace is occasionally inlined to believe that the concept of a 'Christian think tank' is somewhat oxymoronic, until the occasional communicant inspires him to the contrary. But Theos is not an entity about which he knows anything at all. If you would care to email him your thoughts, he may be inclined to investigate further.

20 November 2007 at 16:43  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

If the gang of stinking oafs in power at the moment had had their way the Queen would be confined to a Forbidden City by now. It is of great symbolic importance that the Royal Yacht should be replaced if ever we have a loyal government again, but no one in the Opposition seems to have mentioned it.

20 November 2007 at 18:05  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

Before you all go misty eyed,there is a small matter of a coronation oath:Will you to the utmost of your power maintain the laws of god andthe true profession of the gospel?will you to the utmost of your power maintain in the united kingdom the protestant reformed religion established by law?Will you maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the church of England,and the doctrine,worship,discipline,and government thereof,as by law established in England?And will you preserve unto the bishops and clergy of England ,and to the churches there commited to thier charge,all such rights and privileges,as by law do or shall appertain to them or any of them?
Queen:All this i promise to do.
And we can see that she has,in encouraging every religion except the Christian faith,muslim prayer rooms in windsor castle,allowing the constant assault upon our Christian celebrations of easter and christmas.
All of this is enshrined in statute in the coronation oath act 1688,all of the foregoing are legal obligations and set out in Halsbury's laws.Added to which,she is about to sign the sixth and final treaty,more properly known as the eu constitution which will abolish both herself and her country,her parliament ,her counties and her people,and place them in subjection to foreign rule,altogether not much cause for celebration,unless one cherishes treason.

20 November 2007 at 19:10  
Anonymous Libertas. said...

You English didn't beat back the Third Reich to be ruled over by a bunch of Germans, did you?

To continue on the World War II theme...Elizabeth Saxe-Coburg and Gotha has protected English tradition and greatness about as well as the Maginot line protected France.

It's time for a Republic.

21 November 2007 at 05:02  
Blogger Jeremy Jacobs said...

It's also time for Her Majesty to visit Israel.

21 November 2007 at 12:43  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

She will, I'm afraid, go down in history as a traitor by omission to her nation and people. Where Rhodesia led and South Africa leads, Britain follows.

21 November 2007 at 16:18  
Anonymous irene lancaster said...

I agree with Jeremy Jacobs and have just blogged on this here:


what a happy coincidence: two Diamond Jubilees to celebrate

Perfect spot for a holiday. She'd absolutely love Haifa, in my view.

21 November 2007 at 18:58  
Anonymous billy said...

My Mum and dad celebrated their diamond in June. The Queen has of course got Charles but my mum was lucky enough to get me and my brother :0)

God Bless Her Majesty, and may she outlive her eldest son.

21 November 2007 at 21:15  
Anonymous irene lancaster said...

Just posted this on the blog and wonder what your fellow bloggers think of the idea in these JOINT Jubilee years:


21 November 2007 at 22:48  
Anonymous libertas. said...

After thinking it over, I have nothing against Elizabeth Windsor per se. And I am not English (unless you count ancestry), I'm an American, so what I think is irrelevant.

If I were English, however, I would want the the monarchy and other relics of feudalism to go to the grave with Ms. Windsor.

And I honestly wish there to be many more years of happiness and joy for this dedicated but misguided lady.

Your grace, if you feel my previous post is incendiary, mean-spirited, or uncharitable, please remove it.

22 November 2007 at 05:56  

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