It was hard to believe that more than 50 years have passed since I and my husband Prince Philip for the first time attended a General Synod meeting, the Queen recalled. “None of us can slow down the passage of time; but while we often look at everything that has changed over the years, much remains the same, including the Gospel of Christ and its teachings,” wrote Elizabeth II.
The Queen briefly touched upon the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic brought to believers. Recent years have been particularly difficult for them due to “unprecedented restrictions” on public worship. For many, this time was marked by fear, sadness and exhaustion. “The Gospel brought hope as it has at all times. The Church adapted to new conditions and continued her pastoral care in new ways,” noted Elizabeth II.
For the first time since February 2020, all members of the General Synod could attend the meeting in person. The Synod is the national assembly of the Church of England and can make binding laws.
Elizabeth II, who as monarch is the secular head of the Church of England, reminded the participants of the General Synod of their great responsibility for the future of the Church. There will be disagreements in some areas, but she expressed the hope that “the congregation will be strengthened in its work by the certainty of God’s love and that it will draw from the tradition of the unity of the Church in carrying out its tasks.”
Creation date: Today, 13:21