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November 2022
Issue No. 311
 

Primate Andrew Chan mourns the passing of the late Queen Elizabeth II

The Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II died at 6:30PM UK time on 8th September (1:30AM Hong Kong time on 9th September) at Balmoral Castle aged 96.

The Primate of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui the Archbishop Andrew Chan expressed his profound sadness for the Queen’s passing. The Archbishop gave praise to The Queen’s reign of 70 years, an example of laudable Christian leadership not only to the British people, but also to Christians worldwide. The Queen saw many a challenge in her life, and faced all upheavals with a steadfast faith. In service to God and the Church, The Queen was a constant beacon of care and love, as her people and everyone worldwide has witnessed each year via her Christmas message.

The Queen has visited Hong Kong twice, touring various facilities and working class communities. Her Majesty even paid visit to two families living in public housing, an act befitting a Queen in service to her people. Such a spirit reminds us of The Queen’s words in The Servant Queen and the King she Serves, published upon Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. The book gives account to The Queen’s Christian faith, how it shaped her life, and how she gives praise to God’s glory for her 90 years of fruitful life. The most touching part of the book is The Queen’s confession that ‘She has been a lifelong servant to Christ the King.’

The Archbishop Andrew Chan wrote to the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, expressing on behalf of all Hong Kong Anglicans our condolences to the faithful of the Church of England, and asking the Archbishop of Canterbury to pass on our prayers and condolences to the Royal Family.

The Archbishop, together with Bishop Timothy Kwok and Bishop Matthias Der, urged all Hong Kong Anglicans to pray for Her Majesty, that she may rest in the eternal peace and light of Christ, and that the Royal Family may be comforted in God’s love. 

In the UK, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York both issued statements on the day of the Queen’s passing. Archbishop Justin Welby commented that the Queen was a faithful Christian disciple, and also the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, who lived out her faith every day of her life. ‘Her trust in God and profound love for God was foundational in how she led her life – hour by hour, day by day.’ Archbishop Stephen Cottrell stated that the Queen ‘found stability, perseverance and confidence in Jesus Christ who was the source of her hope and peace. May that also be true for each of us and for our nation; and may our dearly departed Queen rest in peace and rise in glory.’

The Queen was laid in state in Westminster Hall and more than 250,000 people paid their last respects there. The state funeral was held on 19th September at 11AM (6PM in Hong Kong time) inside Westminster Abbey, and was followed by a committal service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

 

<The above article was published in "Echo" Issue No. 311. Please click here>

 

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