Our County Offers Up Prayers For A Prince

Gloucestershire is saying prayers for Prince Philip.

A statement said Gloucester Cathedral and the Diocese of Gloucester were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh.

It said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family and we offer them our deepest condolences.”

During the current restrictions the cathedral will remain open daily between 11am and 4pm (12 noon – 4pm on Sundays) for those wishing to say prayers or light a candle.

Special prayers will also be said at services for the next two weeks.

All are welcome to view them online at http://www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk.

A book of condolence is also available on the Church of England website.

The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Rev Rachel Treweek, said, “This is a huge loss to the nation and one which we will all feel deeply for a long time to come.

“We give thanks for Prince Philip, his unwavering love and support of the Queen and for the good he has championed and enabled within our country and beyond over so many years.”

And the Dean of Gloucester, the Very Rev Stephen Lake said, “This is a huge loss to both the nation and the Commonwealth.

“In difficult and uncertain moments such as this, we invite everyone to say a prayer, join us online for a service or sign a digital book of condolence.”