Program – National Commemorative Ceremony in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Christ Church Cathedral

Ottawa, Ontario

September 19, 2022

“I know just how much I rely on my own faith to guide me through the good times and the bad. Each day is a new beginning, I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all the day brings, and to put my trust in God. Like others of you who draw inspiration from your own faith, I draw strength from the message of hope in the Christian gospel.”

Her Majesty The Queen, Christmas Message, 2002


The Right Reverend
Shane A. D. Parker
Bishop of the Anglican
Diocese of Ottawa

The Very Reverend
Elizabeth J. Bretzlaff
Dean of Christ Church
Cathedral Ottawa

The Reverend Canon
Douglas Richards
Vicar of Christ Church Cathedral


James Calkin
Christ Church Cathedral Director of Music and Organist

Andrew McAnerney
Christ Church Cathedral Associate Director of Music

Maria Gajraj
Christ Church Cathedral Assistant Organist

Karen Donnelly, Stéphane Beaulac, Paul Jeffrey

Members of the Christ Church Cathedral Choirs



Works by Gilles Maurice Leclerc, Rachel Laurin, C. Hubert H. Parry and Percy Whitlock.

The organ music heard before the service represents a cross-section of the works of Canadian and British composers, pastorale and meditative, contemporary and canonic.

Amazing Grace

Arranged by Matt Riley

Performed by Appleby College String Ensemble

Evan Pyne (violin solo), Emma Li (1st violin), Sterling Wu (2nd violin), Juna Oklany (viola), Antonia Cambre (cello) and Deren Ji (piano).

During the national commemorative ceremony in honour of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, the students of Appleby College delivered a poignant rendition of Amazing Grace, arranged by Matt Riley. Their presence for the ceremony of Her Majesty The Queen is meant to be a symbol of the enduring love and continuity of the union that the royal couple have always demonstrated.


To Thy Rest (Lament)

The memorial procession will be led by Pipe Major (MWO) Alan B. Clark, followed by a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) National Sentry Program carrying Her Majesty’s folded personal Canadian flag, CAF and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Eagle Staff bearers, and 17 honorary pallbearers from regiments affiliated with Her Majesty and the RCMP.

Pipe Major (MWO)
Alan B. Clark


And God shall wipe away all tears

I heard a voice out of heaven saying,
"Behold, the dwelling of God
is with all people
and God shall dwell with them
and they shall be God's people.
God shall be with them
and the voice of weeping
shall no more be heard;
and God shall wipe away
all tears from their eyes,
and there shall be no more death,
neither sorrow, nor crying,
neither shall there be any more pain,
for the former things are passed away."

And God shall wipe away all tears was composed by Eleanor Daley, an eminent Canadian composer, church musician and accompanist. Her music has been commissioned, performed, and recorded by choirs throughout the world.

This piece is an extract from her setting of the Requiem and is heard for the first time in a new version for mixed choir.


All people that on earth do dwell

All people that on earth do dwell,
sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;
him serve with mirth, his praise forth
tell; come ye before him and rejoice.

Know that the Lord is God indeed;
without our aid he did us make;
we are his folk, he doth us feed,
and for his sheep he doth us take.

O enter then his gates with praise,
approach with joy his courts unto;
praise, laud, and bless his name always,
for it is seemly so to do.

To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
the God whom heaven and earth
adore, from us and from the Angelhost
be praise and glory evermore. Amen.

This hymn, in much the same arrangement by Ralph Vaughan Williams, was sung at Her Majesty’s coronation in 1953, as well as during the service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her coronation in 2013.


Dean of Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa


Albert Dumont, Algonquin Spiritual Advisor and English Poet Laureate of Ottawa


Dean of Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa

Let us pray.

God of all consolation, in your unending love and mercy you turn the darkness of death into the dawn of new life. Lift us from the darkness of grief to the peace and light of your presence. Grant us grace to entrust Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, to your never-failing love which sustained her in this life. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, and remember her according to the favour you bear for your people; for to you all honour and blessing are due, now and forever. Amen.


Philippians 4:4-9

Donald Booth, Canadian Secretary to the King

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let

your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not be in want.
You make me lie down in green pastures
and lead me beside still waters.
You revive my soul
and guide me along right pathways
for your name’s sake.
Though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I shall fear no evil; for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You spread a table before me
in the presence of those who trouble me;
you have anointed my head with oil,
and my cup is running over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow
me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of
the Lord for ever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and
ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The 23rd Psalm has comforted generations of mourners. Here it is heard in a beautiful Anglican Chant setting by Charles Hylton Stewart, an English cathedral musician from the last century.


Brigadier-General Guy Bélisle, Chaplain General, Canadian Armed Forces

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, always emphasized religious diversity and interfaith harmony with her public messages to the Commonwealth. May we take this moment of reflection together.

We offer thanks, O God, for your faithful servant, Elizabeth II, who dedicated her life to service and to the well-being of all people.

We entrust to your care His Majesty the King, who mourns the loss of his mother, and all members of the Royal Family in their mourning. We pray for the leaders of the world, may they continue to work towards the vision of Elizabeth II, devoting their lives also to the common good.

Remembering Elizabeth II’s service and her dedication to the cause of peace. We pray for a spirit of respect and reconciliation among nations and peoples. We pray for all members of the King’s uniformed services: protect them, that they may perform their duties with courage and perseverance, respecting the dignity of every human being. Loving God, may her enduring commitment be echoed by our commitment to live in peace with one another. Amen.

As Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Brigadier-General Guy Bélisle leads the Royal Canadian Chaplain Service (RCChS) of the CAF. The RCChS provides spiritual, religious, and moral support for the well-being of CAF members, their families, and the wider Defence Community.


Our Father, who art in Heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.

This setting of the Lord’s Prayer (Notre Père, opus 14) was written in 1977-1978 by the French composer Maurice Duruflé.


Nimrod, from Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations

David Baik, violinist

David Baik is a South Korean-born Canadian violinist known for his powerful yet sincere sound. Nimrod, an Edward Elgar creation from 1898 that is usually associated with solemn occasions, was performed at Westminster Abbey in 1953 just prior to Her Majesty’s coronation service, and has since also been commonly affiliated with The Queen.


The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada


Regina requiescit, Composed by Master Bombardier Julien Simard and recorded by The Royal Canadian Artillery Band

During the playing of Regina requescit, a video retrospective of Her Majesty’s life and relationship with Canada will be shown.

Regina requiescit paints the story of grief and suffering after the loss of a loved one.

Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Master Bombardier Julien Simard started his career in the Band of the Ceremonial Guard before transferring to the Regular Force as a trombonist with the Royal Canadian Artillery Band in Edmonton, Alberta. In the Edmonton community, he serves as the President of the Mill Creek Colliery Band and performs occasionally with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.


The Thank You Song

Tomson Highway, lyrics, music and piano, accompanied by Patricia Cano, vocalist and Marcus Ali, saxophonist

Tomson Highway uses his formidable talents as a playwright, producer, and director to enrich Canadian culture. Tomson is best known for many international successes including the play The Rez Sisters and the best-selling novel Kiss of the Fur Queen. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and received the 2022 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award at the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards.

Patricia Cano has travelled the world singing Cree Cabaret alongside Tomson Highway. In 2017, she won the Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Cree, English and French in Highway’s onewoman musical, The (Post) Mistress.

A versatile musician who is equally at home in a wide range of genres, Marcus Ali has played on more than seventy albums on a variety of woodwinds.


The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, 18th Prime Minister of Canada


Ceux qui s’en vont

Ginette Reno, accompanied by Pascalin Raynault, piano

Singer, actress, author and composer Ginette Reno has established herself as one of the pillars of francophone music in Canada. During her remarkable and distinguished career, she has become renowned not only in Quebec, but throughout Canada and abroad.

Ginette Reno is an Officer of the Order of Canada.



Rufus Wainwright

Born in New York and raised in Montreal, Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists, songwriters, and composers of his generation. Recognized for his daring and original style, his music transcends genres. He has released ten studio albums to date, including his latest GRAMMY® and JUNO nominated album, Unfollow the Rules.



Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa

Into your hands, O merciful Saviour, we commend your servant Elizabeth. Acknowledge, we pray, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.


Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa


Yours be the glory, risen conquering Son

Yours be the glory, risen, conquering
Son; endless is the victory over death
you won. Angels robed in splendour
rolled the stone away, kept the folded
grave-clothes, where your body lay.
Yours be the glory, risen, conquering
Son; endless is the victory over death
you won.

See! Jesus meets us, risen from the
tomb; lovingly he greets us, scatters
fear and gloom. Let the church with
gladness hymns of triumph sing, for
her Lord is living; death has lost its
sting. Yours be the glory, risen,
conquering Son; endless is the victory
over death you won.

No more we doubt you, glorious
Prince of life; what is life without you?
Aid us in our strife; make us more
than conquerors through your deathless
love; bring us safe through Jordan
to your home above. Yours be the
glory, risen, conquering Son; endless
is the victory over death you won.

This Easter hymn, set to a stirring tune by G.F. Handel, affirms the Christian belief in the resurrection and life everlasting.


With the Fanfare Trumpets of the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces


Kim Richardson

Kim Richardson is a three-time JUNO award winning singer and actor from Richmond Hill, Ontario, who has amassed many credits performing in concert, film, television and theatre in her 40-year career. She had the honour of performing for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in October of 2002, at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec.


Be Still My Soul (Finlandia)

Pipe Major (MWO) Alan B. Clark



Healey Willan

Church musician, composer, teacher and Companion of the Order of Canada, Healey Willan was a central figure in the musical life of twentieth century Canada. He served for many years as organist and choirmaster of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto, as well as professor of music at the University of Toronto.



Eagle Staff Bearer of the Canadian Armed Forces

Eagle Staff Bearer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Bearer of Her Majesty’s Personal Canadian Flag

Clergy, staff and volunteers of Christ Church Cathedral


Christ Church Cathedral is the Anglican Cathedral in the nation’s capital. Th e original church was founded in 1832 and the current building dates to 1873. Christ Church was designated as the Cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa in 1897, and in 1979, it also became the Cathedral of the Canadian Armed Forces Anglican Military Ordinariate.

It has hosted the state funeral services of several Canadian governors general and prime ministers, and has also had a long association with the Royal Family. It is here that the commemorative service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother took place in 2002 and the service of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, in 2021.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attended worship at Christ Church Cathedral with the Duke of Edinburgh in 1957 and 1967. In the latter visit, a severe storm cut power in downtown Ottawa just as they were seated, but the prayers proceeded in candlelight and the hymns were sung without the organ’s accompaniment.

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