– The Anglican Church of Geneva commemorates Queen Elizabeth
This Sunday, during the Eucharist, we prayed for the “Queen of the World” and the Royal Family of England. Report.
Rue du Mont-Blanc, just before turning from Chantepoulet towards François-Bonivard. No doubt she is. Not forgetting the three-row pearl necklace, the Ceylon sapphire brooch, the bright blue dress, and of course the instantly recognizable hat. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Champion Color blockSame color from head to toe.
On foot, bike or car, we only see her, though not exactly in the form of a giant poster that has dominated London’s Piccadilly Circus for four days. We are in Geneva and support is close to the construction site fence.
The Anglican Church – Holy Trinity Church – is under construction. A major overhaul of the facade. The building was built in 1853 on a site donated by the State of Geneva. The immediate surroundings are very ungrateful. The late Queen of England really deserved better than this crumbling, smelly bus station.
But within the walls of the Anglican Church, beginning with palpable excitement at the start of the first of three services offered this Sunday, it has everything else. Fifty people have come. People from all over Switzerland, Scotland, Asia, as the people of the Commonwealth sent their representatives to Geneva.
Already the previous day, they had come in large numbers to the Holy Trinity to open the pages and sign the condolence book, placed at the entrance of the church. They now listen to the priest, the Reverend Canon Daphne Green, conduct the religious service leading up to the Eucharist, interspersing these special liturgies with prayers for the dead Queen and the royal family. “The mother of our new king, Charles, was the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and she interpreted it as the focal point for the unity of our Church in the broadest sense. She was a great example of a Christian life.
Daphne Green continued: “This is a very sad time for us in the UK, but here in Geneva too. The Queen was loved and held in high esteem by many people around the world. We feel we have lost someone very important in our lives. A moral, wise and courageous leader, as a mother, as a grandmother. And great-grandmother, the head of the royal family we knew very intimately.
Let’s translate with today’s words: The “Queen of the World” is a perfect example of positive geriatrics, having reached the age of 96, mentally and physically resilient. “If you’re not over 70, you probably don’t know anyone else,” Michael Walker rightly points out at the end of this morning’s church service.
We carry with us the words of the new national anthem sung a few minutes ago on the rue du Mont-Blanc. Gender has changed under the royal crown, which is echoed in the Anglican Church’s order “God Save the King”.
But there is still no football in the English Championship this weekend due to a national mourning order. “A fair decision, it’s time to think before sporting events,” our interlocutors comment. In Liverpool, fans of the local club have a choice. They already sing the glory of “the King,” but theirs comes from Egypt.
Send back to Geneva the announcement made this Sunday to the faithful of the Anglican Church. A week from now, a special Mass in the form of a service of remembrance will be held at Holy Trinity on Sunday 18 September at 6pm, the day before the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey. Open to all, including representatives of consulates in Geneva, members of the British and Commonwealth communities. The church promises to be full.