19 September 2022

Church of Scotland Moderator reads prayer at Queen’s funeral service

19 September 2022

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has paid tribute to the Queen after saying a prayer at her state funeral.

Rt Rev Dr Iain Greenshields formed part of the pre-procession of church leaders including the Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland, Very Rev Prof David Fergusson, in the service at Westminster Abbey.

Dr Greenshields was at Balmoral the weekend before the Queen died there on September 8 and said it was a “privilege and a real pleasure” to spend time with her.

He opened his prayer at the service on Monday with the words: “Let us give thanks to God for Queen Elizabeth’s long life and reign, recalling with gratitude her gifts of wisdom, diligence, and service.”

The Queen’s state funeral was held at Westminster Abbey (Danny Lawson/PA) (PA Wire)

Dr Greenshields preached before the then Prince of Wales at Crathie Kirk near Balmoral on September 4 and also spoke at a Service of Thanksgiving at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh last week.

Speaking after the service at Westminster Abbey, he said: “The last 10 days have been a whirlwind and yet time seems to have stood still.

“It was a privilege and a real pleasure to spend time in the company of Her Majesty the Queen. She was considerate in every respect and had clearly taken time to understand her guests. I was struck by her tremendous recall and her obvious love for Balmoral and, indeed, Scotland.

“Preaching before the then Prince Charles at Crathie was a pleasant experience and an honour, but little did I know that in eight days’ time I would be preaching in his presence at St Giles’ (Cathedral) with him now as King, as we gave thanks for his mother’s life.

“The atmosphere in Edinburgh and, in particular, in St Giles’, was very special as we paid our respects to the Queen and offered our sympathy and support to King Charles and his wider family.

“It was a dignified atmosphere that recognised the Queen’s strong connection to Scotland as well as a service of worship that celebrated the Queen’s clear and unambiguous faith.

“The tributes have been many and heartfelt and we have now held these final services and rites as the Queen is finally laid to rest.

“It is a time of reflection as we look at her life and examine our own before God.

“It is also a time to move on and we do so in hope and expectation.”

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