Queen Elizabeth II and Her Church Paperback
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Queen Elizabeth II and Her Church
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Queen Elizabeth II and Her Church by John Hall was published by Continuum in March 2012 and is our 46552nd best seller. The ISBN for Queen Elizabeth II and Her Church is 9781441120724.
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Queen Elizabeth and Her ChurchNick Horton, via The Good Book Stall
Having just finished reviewing Ian Bradley’s book God save the Queen, I was very interested to review this book by John Hall – Dean of Westminster Abbey.
While Bradley’s book looks at monarchy from Old Testament times to the present, Hall’s book looks at the special relationship that there has been since its initial construction in the ninth century between the sovereign and the Abbey – his or her Church. I really like the way in which he uses Galatians 5:22 as a linking thread between the chapters. He sees Paul’s description of the gifts of the Spirit as hallmarks of consecutively, joy and Coronation, generosity and servant leadership and so on. As well as talking about the Coronation which he watched as a 4 year old, he looks at some of the Queen’s acts of worship in which he has been involved at the Abbey since 2006. There are chapters on the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade, the Queen and Duke’s Diamond Wedding Anniversary service, Commonwealth Day Observance, Remembrance, the Royal Maundy Service and the wedding last year of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. There is also a chapter about the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Evensong in 2010 – incidentally the only service reviewed in the book at which the Queen was not present.
Some of the personal memories and involvements are very poignant – not least those about the preparations for the Wedding involving Abbey staff until about 2am on the night before the service and the way in which planning and implementation of those plans had to be fine tuned alongside those for the great Holy Week and Easter worship. We tend to forget that the wedding took place on the Friday in Easter Week.
I was fascinated by the book and highly commend it to anyone, but perhaps especially those who would like a keepsake, a reminder of this Diamond Jubilee year, maybe alongside a copy of Ian Bradley’s book.
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Details for Queen Elizabeth II and Her Church
|Author / Artist||John Hall|
|Publisher||Continuum (March 2012)|
|Number of Pages||176|
|Page last updated||9th April 2015|