10th April, 2021
Story by Pat Ashworih, ChurchTimes
TRIBUTES continue to pour in following the announcement of the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, aged 99, earlier today.
With the Dean of Windsor, Robin Woods, later to become Bishop of Worcester, he explored theology and the impact of faith on the world and was keenly interested in the relationship between scientists and theologians. Letters between the Prince and Michael Mann, later Dean of Windsor, on the concept of evolution, were published in 1984 as A Windsor Correspondence.
The Archbishop of York, the Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, said: “Prince Philip was patron to hundreds of charitable organisations, covering a wide range of disciplines all of which benefited from his wit and wisdom and his inquisitive mind.”
The Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Sarah Mullally, said: “Her Majesty The Queen’s words about her husband Prince Philip over 20 years ago remain as true today: we owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.”
Many bishops touched on what the Bishop of Lichfield, Dr Michael Ipgrave, described as Prince Philip’s life of service, commitment, and courage. “He has been constantly loyal in his support of the Queen and tireless in his engagement with people of all communities across our country. His advocacy for young people, for conservation and for a wide range of charitable activities has been remarkable, and an inspiration to us all.”
“His example of duty and service and of care and concern for the environment and for young people will live on. Anglicans around the world will be united in prayer entrusting His Royal Highness to God’s love and mercy and praying for the Queen, her family and all who mourn.”
The Scottish Episcopal Church has also expressed its deep sadness. On behalf of the College of Bishops and the Church, the Primus, the Most Revd Mark Strange, said: “We send our love and prayers to Her Majesty and her family on this sad occasion, as they mourn the loss of such a significant figure who has been at the heart of the British Royal Family for more than seven decades.
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