Magna Carta 1215 to 2015, London’s Temple and the Road to the Rule of Law

Robin Griffith-Jones

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The Temple Church is the Collegiate Church of Inner and Middle Temple, two of London’s four ancient Inns of Court. Every barrister – that is, almost every litigating attorney – must be a member of one of these four colleges. The Temple Church Choir, one of the most famous choirs in England, is called in its wonderful music to match – and, as ambassador, to represent – the talent, hard work and dedication with which Inner and Middle Temple seek to serve this nation and the world.

Wherever our own homeland may be, let us give thanks, in words from Magna Carta and from England’s historic Book of Common Prayer, for all those who work for justice in that land which we love and throughout the world.

Most Gracious God, we give you most hearty thanks for all such liberties and rights as are held well and peacefully, feely and quietly, fully and completely by ourselves and all in our land. We pray for all who serve in maintenance of our laws: that they shall serve our faithfully to your glory and to the present and future welfare of our nation, shall truly and indifferently minister justice, and so order all things brought to their care that peace and happiness, truth and justice shall be established among us for ourselves and for generations yet to come. Amen.