HRH Prince Philip • 1921 – 2021

St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne gives thanks for the long life of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday in Easter Week, 9 April 2021.

We hold The Queen, the Royal Family and all who mourn in our prayers. Prince Philip died in Easter Week, the time when Christians give thanks for the firm and certain hope of resurrection to eternal life. It is to that hope that we commit him.

In paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, the Dean of Melbourne, the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, said: “We give thanks for the long and faithful life of service of Prince Philip. We hold before Christ, who is the Resurrection and Life, our Queen and the Royal Family. We ask that at this time of mourning God would comfort all those who mourn the death of Prince Philip.”

A Service of Thanksgiving • Wed 14 April

A service to give thanks for Prince Philip’s life and work was held at the Cathedral on Wednesday, 14 April, at 5.10pm in the presence of Her Excellency Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, at which the Archbishop preached.

The service is able to be watched again below and will be broadcast on Channel 31 (digital 44) on Monday 19th April at 2.30pm.

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 commonwealth, 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 the good that he has done may continue to bear fruit in the lives of individuals and the life of the commonwealth, to your honour and glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

from the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.