De La Salle College Honours Her Majesty the Queen
Today at 1:00 pm, we at De La Salle College took the opportunity to honour Her Majesty the Queen on the day of her funeral. In the morning at assembly, Brother Domenic led the school in a reflection on her life, her service and what we can learn from one of the most influential people of all time.
Then in the afternoon, the school came together for a special service to honour Her Majesty the Queen. To view the ceremony:
Brother Domenic's Reflection:
The news the world knew would come one day was confirmed at 6:30 PM British Standard Time on September 8 in a statement from Buckingham Palace. It read:
The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon, the palace announced. The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.
The royal tradition, one that has not been put into action since the passing of Her Majesty‘s father, King George VI in 1952, the Queen’s death notice was posted on the railings outside Buckingham Palace. Later, in a statement to United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, King Charles wrote – “The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family. We mourn profoundly the passing of a dear Sovereign and a much beloved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world. During this period of mourning and change my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and the affection with which the queen was so widely held.”
Today in the United Kingdom as in the Commonwealth, and indeed around the entire global community we pay our last respects to Queen Elizabeth II. Let us remember and draw strength from the light of her example. Generations of people around the Commonwealth have only known her as our monarch and head of state. Her seventy years is the longest of any British monarch and the second longest reign of any monarch with the exception of King Louis XVI of France. She seemed so timeless and so constant that we came to believe, as children often believe of their parents, that she would just go on and on. It is only really now that we understand how much she meant for us even here in far away Canada, how much she did for us, and how much she was dedicated to us. She visited us more than any other Commonwealth country, some thirty times, the last time in 2010. As is so natural with human beings, it is only when we face the reality of a loss, especially one of this magnitude, do we truly reflect on what has occurred. As we think of the void she leaves, we understand the vital role she played, selflessly and calmly representing the continuity and unity of the diversity of the Commonwealth. She was universally known for her wisdom, her keen intellect, her playful sense of humour and her seemingly inexhaustible sense of duty. She had a unique and simple power to make others feel valued and proud. No doubt this explains she was so greatly loved by so many people. The long queues of mourners attest to her enormous popularity, but, I think much more importantly, that she was seen as a beacon of civility, integrity and serenity in an age where there is so little left of these qualities. I fear that in her passing we have lost yet another solid pillar that has held up this hurting and confused world. For those who prefer to tear down institutions only to replace them with worse ones based on solely human ego and fanciful illusions we need to be vigilant in defending the enduring values of decency and respect she represented, or they will surely and completely disappear. In so many ways Queen Elizabeth was the finest monarch in modern history.
We must remember as well that the Queen, who was never supposed to be Queen, was a daughter, mother, wife and grandmother. These responsibilities were of equal devotion and significance to her. She never neglected her commitments to her family. The Queen was a brilliant example of duty nobly done to country and family.
It has been said recently that the Queen had expressed that she had no fear of death and that she had an abiding hope in the future. She understood clearly the foundation upon which she stood and the importance of her role. Her solid faith gave her strength throughout her seventy years as monarch. She once declared that her rule for life by was a simple one. She said: “It is not about me. It is about what I’ve been called to do by God.” Today, as we dedicated time to recall her memory and outstanding service as Queen of Canada and our Head of State we join in our new King’s words and message to his beloved mother that flights of angels bring her to her rest. We pray for the repose and peace of the soul of our great Queen as we pray now that King Charles will be granted good health and the shining qualities his mother lived so very well.