The Duke of Edinburgh

1921 – 2021

Image of HRH Duke of Edinburgh courtesy of the Press Association.

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The prayers of the whole Diocese of Oxford are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family today and in the coming days as we mourn the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. We give thanks for Prince Philip’s long and extraordinary life, his faithful service to Queen and country, his support especially for young people, his humour, honesty and integrity and strong Christian faith and especially his steadfast support to the Queen over the long years of their marriage. Philip has been at the centre of our national life for so many decades offering a model of strength and stability. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace and rise in glory, and may God’s peace and love be with all who mourn his passing, and most especially his immediate family.

Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford

Read a statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

Services
  • On Friday 16 April at 10am, join an online Service of Remembrance organised by the Lord Lieutenancy in Buckinghamshire. The service will be led by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant Countess Elizabeth Howe and the Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, and features hymns pre-recorded by a local choir.
  • On Friday 16 April at 6pm, join a civic service giving thanks for the life of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at Christ Church. The service will be recorded and livestreamed by both the Cathedral and BBC Radio Oxford and will include the offering of prayers.
  • Following the death of HRH Prince Philip, Archbishop Justin Welby lead a service from the chapel at Lambeth Palace at 6pm on Saturday 10 April. Watch online here.
  • On Friday an Evensong service was livestreamed from the Cathedral and broadcast on BBC Radio Oxford.
  • On Saturday the Requiem in Remembrance of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was also livestreamed from the Cathedral
Parish resources

God of our lives,
we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for his love of our country,
and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer Jesus Christ.

Amen.

A prayer on the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, from the Church of England

Do something amazing

Now more than ever, school pupils in the Diocese need people with the passion and drive to support them. Do something amazing. Become a governor.

Our common vision

We are called to become a more Christ-like Church for the sake of God’s world. The brand-new common vision section of our website has all you need to get started.

Come and See

Many people are asking deep questions of faith. Come and See is an invitation from our Bishops to local communities to take the first steps in exploring faith. Find out more…

Authorised Listeners

As part of our commitment to embed a culture of mutual respect across the diocese, we are looking for individuals with the right gifts to become volunteer authorised listeners.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

15 February The latest C19 updates can be found on a dedicated section of this site. Essential reading for clergy, wardens and church officers.

Latest from the Bishops

‘….we would hope that every benefice will now be planning to begin public worship in something like the normal patterns by Step 3 of the road map.’  Read more

Church at home

Thousands of people are joining our church at home services and thousands more are involved with their local church online. Find out how to join us.

Recent Posts

RSS Please Pray For

  • Prayer for: 18th April 2021
    For all those who have taken part in 'Come and See', that they would be blessed as they embed what they have learned in their daily lives.
Sun 18

ODBE – Understanding Christianity Day 1

11 February @ 1:00 pm - 29 April @ 4:00 pm
Tue 20

ODBE – Heads Space

20 April @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wherever you live, there is a Church of England church that is always there for you through life’s biggest moments – and at other times too. If you’d like a special service, your church offers a warm welcome, friendship, advice and prayer beforehand, on the big day and all the years afterwards.  Discover the new A Church Near You…

Life Events

How the Church can help at important milestones.

Schools

Supporting teachers, parents and governors at our church schools

Safeguarding

Committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community

Safeguarding

Mission & Ministry

Help for all those called to ministry in our parishes.