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Bishop of Sheffield statement on official proclamation of King Charles III

The proclamation has taken place this morning at St James’s Palace in London.

In a statement, the Bishop of Sheffield said:

“On behalf of the people of the Diocese of Sheffield, I offer hearty congratulations to His Majesty King Charles III on his accession and wish to assure the King of our wholehearted loyalty as he assumes his heavy responsibilities as our new Sovereign.  He will be upheld in prayer daily in churches across our Diocese, that he may know the grace and power, wisdom and strength of God in the coming days.

“We pray too that he and all the members of the Royal Family will know the peace and comfort of the Lord’s presence as they continue to grieve for the loss of Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.  Long live the King!”

Bishop Pete has also made this prayer for His Majesty:

Lord God,
you provide for your people by your power,
and rule over them in love:
Grant to your servant our King
the Spirit of wisdom and discernment,
that being devoted to you with his whole heart,
he may so wisely govern,
that in his time we may live in safety and in peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

During the accession King Charles III said:

“And in carrying out the heavy task that has been laid upon me, and to which I now dedicate what remains to me of my life, I pray for the guidance and help of Almighty God.”