Prayers for Prince Philip and the royal family




Special prayers have been made available and an online book of condolence opened by the Church of England following the death of the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip.

Tributes and messages can be shared on the Church of England’s website here.

The following prayers have also been made available from the Church of England: 

A prayer from the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference:

Lord God

We give thanks for the long life of Prince Philip, for all that he has contributed to our nation and beyond, and for his support of our Queen. We pray that he will be at rest trusting in the grace of God.

We remember before you Her Majesty the Queen and her family praying that they will know your comfort and strength in the days to come.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

A prayer from the Church of Scotland: 

Almighty and everlasting God, ‘the life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.’

But You are forever, from everlasting to everlasting, and we put our trust in You for You have promised never to leave us nor forsake us.

Loving Lord, in this last year, through the worst of a global pandemic, we’ve been face to face with our fragility and vulnerability, perhaps for some of us as never before.

Against that backdrop of hurt and loss, we give you thanks for the life and service of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Some are called to the front of the stage, others to supporting roles and we rejoice in the way he supported Her Majesty the Queen through all of the years of her reign.

We remember, too, his work supporting charities and, perhaps most memorably for young people for over sixty years, his patronage of The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

In this hour of loss, we offer our heartfelt prayers for Her Majesty and her family. Comfort them in their loss, bind up their wounds and grant them the consolation of a store of treasured memories. Grant Her Majesty the peace that comes from knowing you and which passes all understanding.

These and all our prayers we ask in the name of Jesus, who through his life, death and resurrection offers us hope instead of despair, life instead of death.

Amen.

A prayer from the English Cathedrals Association: 




Police Block and Barricade Canadian Church Over COVID-19 Violatons

Health officials in Alberta, Canada, made the decision to “physically close” a local church building until its leaders agree to finally comply with coronavirus regulations.

Police vehicles blocked entrances to the parking lot of GraceLife Church in Edmonton Wednesday morning and temporary fencing was erected around the building. The congregation has met normally since summer 2020, despite requirements that church gatherings limit capacity, require masks, and practice social distancing.

Over the last nine months, the province’s health department fielded more than 100 complaints about GraceLife and conducted 18 inspections, resulting in multiple fines and orders to comply. Its pastor was arrested and spent a month in jail refusing the conditions of bail, that he agree to follow health regulations.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which represents GraceLife and its pastor James Coates, said the move to barricade private church property prevents citizens from “exercising their Charter freedoms of peaceful assembly, association, and worship.”

As officials surrounded the church, dozens of GraceLife members gathered outside and sang hymns, according to a report by the Globe and Mail.

“Please pray for wisdom as our elders navigate this new development!” one member tweeted, posting a screenshot of the view of the new fencing from the church’s security camera.


Premier Jason Kenney told Albertans a week ago that the province is in its third wave of COVID-19 outbreaks. He suggested that more stringent enforcement by police may be necessary at this point, saying authorities have “been very patient during a difficult time trying to get compliance through education, through voluntary compliance, and using sanctions as a last resort.”

The GraceLife case has drawn the attention of those in both Canada and the US who fear government overreach during pandemic. Alberta legislator Dan Williams, a conservative politician and a Christian, spoke up to defend worship as a fundamental freedom. He said while he respects the 15 percent capacity limit for gatherings, “it is a different line to cross to barricade a church, a place of God.”

GraceLife leaders consider the COVID-19 risks overblown and claim that their ability to continue gathering without spreading the virus is proof.

“We believe love for our neighbor demands that we exercise our civil liberties,” the church wrote. “We do not see our actions as perpetuating the longevity of COVID-19 or any other virus that will inevitably come along. If anything, we see our actions as contributing to its end—the end of destructive lockdowns and the end of the attempt to institutionalize the debilitating fear of viral infections.”

Pastor Coates is due in court next month for violating gathering limits at GraceLife.


Judge Orders MSCHF to Decommission Lil Nas X Satan Shoes

Judge Orders MSCHF to Decommission Lil Nas X Satan Shoes


Lil Nas X made headlines recently for making satanic shoes that used a Nike-copyrighted shoe, The Christian Post reports.

Lil Nas X collaborated with MSCHF to modify 666 pairs of Nike shoes to feature Satanic symbols and Bible verse Luke 10:18, which talks about Satan’s fall. The shoes also reportedly contain a drop of human blood in every sole. However, because Nike themselves didn’t make the shoes, a judge said they need to be axed in response to Nike’s claim of intellectual ownership.

In Nike’s complaint against MSCHF, they write, “MSCHF is currently taking orders for shoes it refers to as Satan Shoes, which are customized Nike Air Max 97 shoes that MSCHF has materially altered to prominently feature a satanic theme. This was done without Nike’s approval or authorization, and Nike is in no way connected with this project. Below is an image of the genuine Nike Air Max 97 shoe next to MSCHF’s customized Satan Shoe. The material alterations include at least referring to the shoe as the Satan Shoe, adding red ink and human blood to the midsole, adding red embroidered satanic themed detailing, adding a bronze pentagram to the laces, and adding a new sock liner.”

The judge agreed and told MSCHF to decommission the shoes at once. MSCHF tried to argue the shoes were “art pieces” being sold to collectors. However, the judge didn’t agree. The judge reportedly questioned, “How much tarnishment is required? There’s no bright line but the more famous the mark — and we think Nike’s swoosh is one of the most famous marks of all time — the more protection it is afforded.” In other words, because the Nike swoosh is universally recognized, the shoes are infringing on a copyrighted work.

Many people boycotted Nike over the shoe, thinking it was officially sanctioned by Nike.

Related:

Nike Sues over Satan Shoes: Company Did ‘Not Approve or Authorize’ Product

Governor Kristi Noem Blasts Lil Nas X’s ‘Satan Shoes’: ‘We Are in a Fight for the Soul of Our Nation’

Photo courtesy: ©MSCHF


John Paluska has been a contributor for Christian Headlines since 2016 and is the founder of The Washington Gazette, a news outlet he relaunched in 2019 as a response to the constant distribution of fake news.

Harry and Meghan admit Archbishop of Canterbury didn’t secretly marry them




Meghan made the surprise claim in her interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey.(Photo: CBS/Harpo Productions)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have set the record straight on their claim that the Archbishop of Canterbury married them in secret three days before their wedding at Windsor Castle.

The Duchess of Sussex made the surprise claim in her interview with Oprah that they had called Archbishop Justin Welby and asked him to marry them in their garden because it was more intimate. 

“You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that,” she said.

“The vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

Harry then added: “Just the three of us.” 

The Archbishop has remained quiet on the claim, which if true would have broken rules around re-marrying and the requirement of two witnesses. 

A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess has now clarified what took place in private with the Archbishop of Canterbury, telling The Sun that they “privately exchanged personal vows a few days before their official/legal wedding on May 19.”

Stephen Borton, former chief clerk at the Faculty Office, also told The Sun that he had drawn up a marriage licence only for the wedding at Windsor.

“I’m sorry, but Meghan is obviously confused and clearly misinformed,” he said. 

“They did not marry three days earlier in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

“The Special Licence I helped draw up enabled them to marry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor and what happened there on 19 May 2018 and was seen by millions around the world was the official wedding as recognised by the Church of England and the law.”

The newspaper also claimed that a copy of the official wedding certificate recorded the ceremony as taking place on May 19, 2018, at Windsor in front of witnesses Prince Charles and Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother.