A survey of the UK Bible Society points out that “there is little appetite for a secular or multi-faith coronation” among the British population.
The highlights of the memorial service at Westminster Abbey were the readings of the Bible, the hymns sung by the choir, and the Christ-centered message of Archbishop Justin Welby.
Prince Philip died at the age of 99. “He was extremely interested in theology”. Many religious leaders showed their condolences and highlighted his faith.
The Roman Catholic Church, traditionally in charge ot these kind of ceremonies, organised its own funeral.
The latest EKD report shows that Sunday attendance reached a new low: only 3.2% of the members went to church services. Baptisms, weddings and funerals also dropped.
Most British want a non-traditional farewell service and Spaniards are opting for cremation. One in ten Swedes have already supressed any kind of ceremony.
Remember that how we support the bereaved can bring glory to God.
“With our souls, with our blood, we will defend the Cross”, the Coptic Christians chanted in the funeral.
The evangelical family of one of the victims held their own funeral. Italian Evangelical Alliance: “The state assumes everyone is Catholic”.
“We want to get away from a default setting that just assumes everyone is Christian”, said opponents. “The importance of religious beliefs should not be underestimated”, the Church of Scotland pointed out.
“Lluna loved reading the Bible, she was an authentic woman of God”, her father pastor David Araguàs said in an open ceremony. The family had a traffic accident three weeks ago.
Monty Williams forgives the driver who killed his wife: “We cannot serve the Lord if we don't have a heart of forgiveness.”
About 1,000 people gathered to remember the victims of Germanwings Flight 9525. Although many had asked for a plural ceremony, it was a Catholic service. Evangelical, Jewish and Muslim representatives only spoke at the end of the ceremony.
Some 1,500 guests attended the ecumenical service to mourn the victims of the Germanwings flight that crashed in France last month.