Chief Rabbi issues Jubilee prayer

Ephraim Mirvis expressed his wish for the Queen to enjoy 'many more years of blessing'


LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 23: Queen Elizabeth II is given a tour by Keith Weed, President of the Royal Horticultural Society during a visit to The Chelsea Flower Show 2022 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 23, 2022 in London, England. The Chelsea Flower Show returns to its usual place in the horticultural calendar after being cancelled in 2020 and postponed in 2021 due to the Covid pandemic. This year sees the Show celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and also a theme of calm and mindfulness running through the garden designs. (Photo by Paul Grover - Pool / Getty Images)

The Chief Rabbi has issued a prayer calling for Queen Elizabeth II to enjoy “many more years of blessing” on the eve of her Platinum Jubilee. 

On June 2, Her Majesty will become the first British monarch to celebrate 70 years on the throne.

In an address due to be recited across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis calls for the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the wider Royal Family to enjoy health and strength for years to come.

The United Synagogue is marking the Queen’s Jubilee by partnering with the Woodland Trust to plant a tree within a Norfolk forest for each of its 37,000 adult members over the next three years.

The full prayer reads: "We come before You today in prayer and gratitude for the gracious goodness You have bestowed upon our sovereign lady Queen Elizabeth.

"Her crown is honour and majesty; her sceptre, law and morality. Her concern has been for welfare, freedom and unity, and in the lands of her dominion she has sustained justice and liberty for all races, tongues and creeds.

"Seventy years have passed since Her Majesty the Queen ascended the throne. Together with all our fellow citizens, we fervently pray that she be granted many more years of blessing so that she may continue to bring honour and glory to the Crown and to all her people.

"Heavenly Father, may You continue to bestow Your blessings upon Her Majesty the Queen, the Prince of Wales and all the Royal Family and prolong their years in health and strength.

"Grant wisdom and understanding to the leaders and counsellors of the realm so that they and we may walk together in the paths of unity, freedom and harmony and may a new spirit inspire the nations of the world so that we may live together in righteousness and peace.

"In this year of joyful remembrance and celebration, we express our deepest sentiments of loyalty, esteem and gratitude.

"We pray for the peace and prosperity of Britain and the Commonwealth, for the well-being of the House of Israel and for the redemption of all mankind under the sovereignty of God.

"May this, our prayer, be Your will speedily in our days, Amen."

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