Tuesday, 23 July 2013

To us a prince is born

While the waters of Niagara ran blue, and a 61 gun salute was fired at the Tower, the bells of St James rang out tonight in celebration of the Royal birth, thanks to our bellringers, the Dockland Ringers.

Usually on Tuesday nights they practice with the belfry shutters closed, but its not every week that a future king is born, so by request of the vicar, the shutters were opened and the bells rang out across the parish.

The Archbishop of York, as ever, managed both to capture the national mood and give a distinctively Christian spin on events when he said: 'Today we give thanks and praise to Almighty God for the arrival of the Royal baby boy.  I send my warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and also my prayers for them at this wonderful time.  It is marvellous that we share in the joy and hope of a new born child, which is a great gift of our Loving Creator God.  Katonda Yebazibwe: God be praised.'

And then he offered this prayer for the new baby prince which all could echo:

Generous God,
Thank you for endowing the human race with the gift of sharing in your work of creation.
We thank you for the Royal baby. May your holy angels guard and protect him.
Give to William and Kate joy and peace and fill their home with the love of the Lord Jesus.

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