The complete text of Tuesday's historic ceremony at Westminster Abbey, to be attended by 2,000 mourners and watched by 200million on television
FUNERAL OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER WESTMINSTER ABBEY Tuesday, April 9, 2002, 11.30am
Music before the service: Simon Bell, Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey, plays Fantasia And Fugue In G Minor, BWV542 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), and Piece D'Orgue, BWV572 Johann Sebastian Bach.
Andrew Reid plays Passacaglia In C Minor, BWV582 Johann Sebastian Bach, Liebster Jesu, Wir Sind Hier, BWV731 Johann Sebastian Bach, and Solemn Melody, Henry Walford Davies (1869-1941).
Before the service the Tenor bell is tolled every minute for one hundred and one minutes, reflecting the years of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother's life.
ORDER OF SERVICE
At 11.30am the Cortege enters the Great West Door and, preceded by the Collegiate Procession, moves to the Quire.
The Choir of Westminster Abbey sings.
I AM the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
St John 11: 25, 26
I KNOW that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God; whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another.
Job 19: 25-27
WE brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we shall carry nothing out. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
I Timothy 6: 7; Job 1: 21 William Croft (1678-1727) Organist of Westminster Abbey 1708-27
The Choirs sing: THOU knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears unto our prayer; but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and most merciful Saviour, thou most worthy Judge eternal.
Suffer us not, at our last hour, for any pains of death, to fall from thee.
Book of Common Prayer Henry Purcell (1659-95) Organist of Westminster Abbey 1679-95
I HEARD a voice from heaven, saying unto me, 'Write, From henceforth blessed are the dead which die in the Lord: even so saith the Spirit; for they rest from their labours.'
Revelation 14: 13 William Croft
The Very Reverend Dr Wesley Carr, Dean of Westminster, says THE BIDDING
IN gratitude we bid farewell to a greatly loved Queen.
For her grace, humanity and sympathy, for her courage in adversity, for the happiness she brought to so many, for her steadfast pilgrimage of faith, for her example of service, and for the duty which she rendered unflinchingly to her country, we thank and praise Almighty God.
As we commend Elizabeth, his servant, to God's mercy, let us especially pray for her family in their loss.
We give them back to Thee, dear Lord, who gavest them to us; yet as Thou dost not lose them in giving, so we have not lost them by their return.
Not as the world giveth, givest Thou, O Lover of Souls.
What Thou gavest, Thou takest not away, for what is Thine is ours always if we are Thine.
And Life is eternal and Love is immortal, and death is only an horizon, and an horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr David Hope, KCVO, Lord Archbishop of York, Primate of England and Metropolitan, reads THE FIRST LESSON
ECCLESIASTES 12: 1-7 REMEMBER now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: in the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, and the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low. …