Some ideas for psalms, readings, hymns, songs and prayers

Some ideas for psalms, readings, hymns, songs and prayers during the week of King Richard III’s repose before re-interment

Because this is a particular and unique occasion, you may wish to reflect it in your choice of psalms, readings, prayers and hymns. Here are a few suggestions – by no means prescriptive!


  • Psalm 21 vv 1 – 7
  • Psalm 33
  • Psalm 46
  • Psalm 72 vv 1 – 7
  • Psalm 90
  • Psalm 93
  • Psalm 103: 15 – 18


  • Matthew 22: 15 – 22        (the interplay between civic and divine authority)
  • 1 Kings 1:11-14; 28-31    (the choosing of a King)
  • Romans 8: 31 – 39            (nothing will separate us from the love of God)
  • 1 Timothy 2: 1 – 6            (prayers and intercessions for everyone)
  • Micah 4: 1 – 7                   (peace and security among nations)
  • Job 19: 25 – 27                  (I know that my Redeemer lives)

and, of course, any of the above psalms.


  • Lord of Lords and King eternal
  • O God our help in ages past
  • For the healing of the nations
  • Thy kingdom come O God
  • All my hope on God is founded
  • Lord we long for you to move in power
  • Seek ye first the kingdom of God
  • Men of faith rise up and sing
  • The day Thou gavest Lord is ended
  • Any version of Psalm 23
  • Any version of ‘Hail gladdening Light’
  • Before the ending of the day
  • Be still and know that I am God
  • Make way, make way for Christ the King


John Donne’s prayer ‘Bring us O Lord’ 

Prayer associated with King Richard III (to be found on this link – scroll down!)

A prayer for repose of mortal remains:

Almighty God,
as thou bringest us face to face with our own mortality,
we thank thee for making each one of us in thine own image
and giving us gifts in body, mind and spirit.
We thank thee now as we honour the memory of King Richard III, the last Plantagenet King, and we entrust his mortal remains to thee
as they await their final resting place in the Cathedral Church of St Martin Leicester.

We pray that thou wilt show us the path of life,
and bring us with him to the fullness of joy in thy presence
through Christ our Risen Lord.  Amen.


If you have any queries or suggestions please contact Alison Adams.