Monday, May 23, 2011

Victoria Day

I attended Low Mass (1962) at St Jude's yesterday - about which, more later. The bulletin drew my attention. Today is Victoria Day - a public holiday in Canada marking Queen Victoria's birthday (24th May - the holiday is the nearest Monday). It's the official birthday of the monarch in Canada. The following was announcing it in the parish bulletin. Not sure the same would be said in Scotland .


As a symbol of our country and as a symbol of our unity, the Crown
and the Monarchy play a unique role in Canada. We pause to ask God’s blessing and graces on this holiday for the Queen, as well as the Royal Family, the Governor General and the leaders in our country.

Special Prayer for the Queen from the Sacramentary

God our Father, all earthly powers must serve you. Help your servant, our Queen Elizabeth to fulfill her responsibilities worthily and well. By honouring and striving to please you at all times, may she secure peace and freedom for the people entrusted to her.

BTW were prayers for the King said before the Second Vatican Council after High Mass in Scotland? I would have thought there might be priests there, especially in the West, who would have to say them through gritted teeth.


Anonymous berenike said...

Naw, they'd have said them over a glass of water ...

10:07 PM  

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