Chapel Life at Wycombe Abbey
12 October 2022 - All
Chapel forms a central and important part of the Wycombe Abbey community. It is where we come together to take time to step away from the busyness of our lives, to reflect and pray. This term started off with the sad news that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had died. Never have we been more grateful for the space that our Chapel building offers us to gather as a community. Two services were held on the morning following the announcement of the Queen’s death to accommodate all pupils and staff. The services included a tribute to the Queen, led by the Headmistress, and prayers for her family. A book of condolence was opened, and staff and pupils were encouraged to find time during the day to come and light a candle. The Service of Proclamation was held on the Saturday morning, again for all pupils and staff, where prayers were said for our King and we sang the National Anthem.
During the national period of mourning which followed, our Chapel services continued to focus on Queen Elizabeth II and to draw inspiration from her life. Her servant leadership was the theme of our Sunday service of Holy Communion whereby we thought about the changes that occurred during the Queen’s reign. One such change was the transition of the United Kingdom from a nation with an empire, to a nation which has embraced the role of partnership within the Commonwealth of Nations, this clearly demonstrating the Queen’s expression of leadership as one of servitude. Archbishop Justin Welby spoke at her funeral of how her leadership was shaped by her belief in God. He also said “People of loving service are rare in any walk of life. Leaders of loving service are still rarer. But in all cases, those who serve will be loved and remembered when those who cling to power and privileges are forgotten.”
For details of our Chapel programme for this term, please see below. Families are welcome to attend our Sunday services but please contact Rev Penny in advance by emailing [email protected]
Rev Penny Nash