A message from the Dean
The community of Salisbury Cathedral joins you at this time of profound national grief. As we reflect upon the Duke of Edinburgh's life of service to the nation and its Church, and as we give thanks for his life, we join with millions of others to pray for Her Majesty the Queen, for the Royal Family, and for all those who feel the death of Prince Philip most closely and keenly. I invite you to pray with us, wherever you are, in thanksgiving and in sorrow, confident in the love and mercy of God.
A prayer for the Duke of Edinburgh
‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.’ (Matthew 25:21)
God of majesty,
Give rest to your servant Philip
Who, having served his Queen and Country,
has passed from this life,
full of years yet strong in spirit.
As we give thanks for his life,
as Prince and husband,
as Consort and family man,
we pray that all that he has done
may continue to bear fruit
in the lives of individuals
and the life of this nation,
to your honour and glory,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Pray with us at Salisbury Cathedral
There will be a number of opportunities to join with us in reflection, prayer, and times of thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh in the coming days:
The Cathedral will be open for private prayer and reflection and the lighting of candles by anyone wishing to pay their respects on Sunday 11 April 13:00 – 15:00, Monday 12, Tuesday 13 and Friday 16 from 11:00 – 13:00 and on Wednesday 14 from 18:00 – 20:00. Covid precautions will be in place and masks must be worn in the Cathedral building.
The Cathedral will continue to function as a vaccination centre on other days in the week.
For those unable to come to the Cathedral there will be alternative places to visit across the Diocese. The Government has advised that physical condolence books should not be offered at this time. The Church of England has opened an online condolence book for anyone who wishes to sign and record a message here.
There will also be opportunities to reflect, pray and give thanks for the life of Prince Philip during in person and live streamed worship over the coming days. Booking for in person services is essential due to limited capacity - please click here to reserve your place.
Sunday 11 April
9:00 Eucharist - in person only
11.00 Eucharist - online and in person.
The main Cathedral Eucharists on Sunday will reflect upon Prince Philip’s passing and are an opportunity to join others in prayer and Holy Communion, with a sermon that brings together all our thoughts at this time.
16.30 Evening Prayer – online only
This quiet evening service consists of readings and prayers and will provide a chance to remember Prince Philip and to give thanks for his life.
“I, and the whole community of Salisbury Cathedral, share the profound sense of national grief at the death the Duke of Edinburgh. As we reflect upon his life of service to the nation and its Church, and as we give thanks for that life, we join our voices with millions of others as we pray for the Queen, for the Royal Family, and for all those who feel the death of Prince Philip most closely and keenly. Spanning nearly a century his life has been steadfast in the service of his Queen and his country.”
The Very Revd Nicholas Papadopulos, Dean of Salisbury.