The Archbishop of Canterbury reflected on the sense of loss the nation feels as it awaits its “final goodbye” to the Queen, in a special radio program.
n BBC Radio 4 on Sunday night, His Holiness Justin Welby said prayers for those who “wake up, work, watch or cry” as “we enter the final hours of the night”, and pay homage to the Queen’s humanity.
The archbishop, who will preach at the Queen’s state funeral on Monday, spoke of those involved in the preparations, or those who are taking care of others, because “life goes on.” “.
In his meditation for the Queen, broadcast shortly after the national silence at 8 p.m., the archbishop said: “Tonight we enter the final hours of the night, as we waiting for the final goodbye tomorrow.
“There will be many people reflecting tonight before tomorrow; There will be many people already standing and preparing.
“There will be many people working tonight, caring for others, because life goes on, hospitals and care homes and so many other places in our lives are still needed.
“There will be many people watching loved ones in pain or illness, and many people crying for those they have lost, or fearing loss.
“For those who wake up, work, watch or cry tonight, we know and pray that God will watch over them.”
He said the Queen is not “simply a concept or an idea of the British state”, but rather someone who represents everyone’s dreams.
He added: “She reflects who we are back to us: she belongs to a complex family she loves; She worked and endeavored to complete her mission to the best of her ability. “
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