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We announce the sad news of the death, on 3rd May and the Feast of St Philip and St James, of Canon Philip Hugh Cross. He died peacefully at St Anne’s Home, Stoke Newington where he had been living for several years and had recently been receiving end of life care.

Canon Philip was born on 9th March 1936 and ordained to the priesthood on 25th May 1974. Condolences are extended to Canon Philip's family, friends and colleagues, and to his former parishioners in parishes where he served as a priest of the Diocese of Westminster and to the Sisters, staff and residents at St Anne’s Home.

Canon Philip's mortal remains will be received at St Bede's, Croxley Green, 185 Baldwins Lane WD3 3LL, on Monday 30th May at 4.45pm and there will be a Requiem Mass at 7.30pm. The Funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday 31st May at 11.30am. Bishop Paul McAleenan will preside and the homily will be given by Fr John Wiley. Burial will be at North Watford Cemetery at 1.30pm.

We pray for the repose of Canon Philip's soul:

Almighty and eternal God,
hear our prayers for your son Canon Philip Cross
whom you have called from this world to yourself.
Grant him light, happiness and peace.
Let him pass in safety through the gates of death, and live for ever with all your saints in the light you promised to Abraham and to all his descendants in faith.
Guard him from all harm
and on that great day of resurrection and reward raise him up with all your saints.
Pardon his sins and give him eternal life in your kingdom.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.


St Philip and St James, pray for him.