The Scottish Bishops, prayed Evening Prayer for the Dead on hearing of Queen Elizabeth’s death.

Queen Elizabeth II

Dear sisters and brothers,

When the Scottish bishops, who are presently in Salamanca for in service, learnt of the death of Queen Elizabeth we gathered together to pray Vespers for the Dead. As one who has recently lost a loved family member, I appreciate the pain her family and friends will be feeling.

The Queen was a rare public figure in contemporary Britain who unashamedly expressed a public faith in Christ. May she and all who have gone before us share in the joy of the Resurrection.


Speaking, following the death of The Queen, Bishop Hugh Gilbert, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, said:

“It was with great sadness, that we learned today of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. Her life of outstanding service during a reign of (70) years stands as an example of dedicated public service in our own country, across the Commonwealth and around the world. Her determination to remain active to the end of her long life, has been an example of Christian leadership, which demonstrated her great stoicism and commitment to duty and was undoubtedly a source of stability and continuity in times of great change.

Scotland’s Catholic bishops will remember her in our prayers and pray for all those who mourn her loss.”

Bishop Gilbert added:

“On behalf of Scotland’s Catholic Bishops, I offer our congratulations and the promise of our prayers to King Charles as he becomes King. We pray for the repose of the soul of his mother Queen Elizabeth and for him and his family as he begins his reign.”