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Coronation Anniversary Prayer

Prayers and liturgical resources for the nationwide celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty The Queen are released online at

The Coronation Anniversary Prayer in both modern and traditional language, is written by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey with The Queen’s approval, and commended for use throughout the Church of England by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

The modern language version reads:

Almighty God,
at the hands of priests and prophets
you anoint your chosen servants with the oil of gladness
and strengthen them with the gifts of your Holy Spirit:
accept our joyful praise as with united voice
we give thanks for the long and glorious reign
of our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth.
Renewing your blessings, pour on her your choicest gifts,
and on all your people the spirit of humility and mutual service
shown in the life and death of him who is the anointed King of all,
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.