The Conference of Bishops in England and Wales issued draft prayers to be used at Mass on Trinity Sunday. They also decreed that the first lesson should be replaced with the Lord's promise to King Solomon from the Book of Kings. In the Ordinariate I think most of us will have used these willingly; indeed in our Bournemouth Group we also sang the first verse of "God Save the Queen" (to the tune which the Americans pinched and used for "My country 'tis of thee" — what a liberty!).
Yet in some scurrilous church publication it seems there was a letter deploring everything about the Queen's Jubilee — "she's not a Catholic, so why pray for her, &c, &c". Now that is just the sort of guff which gets Catholics a bad name — and I hope the Ordinariate will loyally defend a Queen who has been, as Archbishop Rowan said in his St Paul's sermon, a model of dutiful service.
Foolishly I forgot to take my camera, but perhaps that is as well; cameras cannot convey the feel of the event. I have tried to do that with a couple of sketches which I have published in my "Ancient Richborough" blog. I will try to add one of them here, without much hope of success, since my computer seems incapable of downloading pictures to The Anglo-Catholic.
So, in brief, in the words of a rarely sung verse of the National Anthem,
O Lord our God arise,
Scatter her enemies
And make them fall;
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On Thee our hopes we fix:
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN.
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