Thursday, September 8, 2022


 Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she Rest In Peace. May she and all the faithful depart through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace. Amen.


John Nolan said...

At the end of the principal Sunday Mass in the EF we pray for the sovereign: 'Domine salvam fac reginam nostram Elizabeth, et exaudi nos in die qua invocaverimus te.' From next Sunday we shall have to get used to singing 'Domine salvum fac regem nostrum Carolum'.

Mark said...

A sad and somber day, but what an amazing life she had and what an inspiring example of Christian faith, devotion to duty, and humble leadership she set!

Jerome Merwick said...

Then there's this shining example of dignity and mercy, soiling the news atmosphere:

The biggest complainer about "hate speech" seem to be the biggest practitioners.

Mark said...

Although silence was undoubtedly the wiser and more charitable option on this particular occasion, and although Queen Elizabeth II was also subject to, and constrained by, “the system” within which she had to perform her role as head of state in the United Kingdom as well as the head of an empire and then a commonwealth of nations—a role she performed magnificently, it seems—this Carnegie Mellon professor doubtless has an important story to tell, and one, I suspect, that is worth hearing, albeit at a more appropriate time.

rcg said...

The most interesting stories of the late Queen were how her use of poser and influence were relatively subtle and restrained. I hope HRH Charles III takes the sMe path.

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

Imagine still working, carrying out one of your principal duties, two days before your death!

TJM said...

Her Majesty, the Queen, was a humble yet extraordinary woman. She epitomized the very best of England. May she rest in peace! God Save the Queen.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

The Queen is dead, long live the King! King Charles III….

rcg said...

Fr MJK, excellent point. That is very possibly the case for each of us at any age and should be a motivation for confession.

Tom Makin said...

I'm posing a difficult question here:

In so far as HRH was knowledgeable of the faith and in so far as she was well exposed to the truths of the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, what would be the position of our church vis a vis HRHs salvation?

PLS forgive me for asking this at this time but it occurred to me this morning that her Soul may have been in jeopardy at the time of her death.

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

Tom Makin, in the Eucharistic prayers we pray:

II. "Remember also our brothers and sisters
who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection,
and all who have died in your mercy:
welcome them into the light of your face."

III. "To our departed brothers and sisters
and to all who were pleasing to you
at their passing from this life,
give kind admittance to your kingdom."

IV. "Remember also
those who have died in the peace of your Christ
and all the dead,
whose faith you alone have known."

Regarding HRM's eternal situation, we do not know. What we DO know is that one need not be a member of the Catholic Church to be granted salvation. The portions of the Eucharistic prayers speak of "...all who have died in your mercy...", "...all who were pleasing to you
at their passing from this life...", and "...those who have died in the peace of your Christ...".

Answering the question, "CAN NON-CATHOLIC CHRISTIANS BE SAVED?", Fr. Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC, writes, "This principle (that anyone who is saved is saved through Jesus Christ) applies to non-Catholic Christians as well; many have a deep love for Christ and live exemplary lives yet for various reasons they never entered into full communion with the Church. All this assumes good will on the part of the person, of course. The good news is that there is hope for everyone to obtain salvation."

Mark said...

I cannot believe but that God smiles upon Queen Elizabeth II and her wonderful and inspiring life. It is difficult to imagine how anyone could have acquitted themselves better in the role than she has or how anyone in that role could have done as much good as she has, despite a few inevitable missteps along the way—and all this without a trace of ego, it seems. Perhaps like some others here, I have been unable to watch the coverage on the BBC World News without shedding a tear or two.

Mark said...

And who knows—perhaps He sent the rainbows as a sign!

George said...

To your comment at 5:08 PM: From everything I've read and learned over the years about the Queen,I agree wholeheartedly.

Mark said...

And in case anyone missed it, you just have to love Queen Elizabeth’s wonderful sense of humor in opening the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and in her seventy years Jubilee:

Please do watch these delightful videos if you haven’t seen them before. They will lift your spirits! No wonder she was so beloved.