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A Service of Prayer and Reflection

On the opening of the new academic year, we remember and give thanks for the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Order of Service

Welcome and Call to worship

Hymn 132 Immortal, Invisible, God only wise

Opening Prayer led by Rev Professor Susan Hardman Moore


Ecclesiastes 3.1-8, read by Shahrukh Gill

Matthew 5: 1-16, read by Eilidh Proudfoot

“Even in the Midst of Grief’, by Frank Dullaghan, read by Professor Helen Bond


Hymn 14 (Psalm 23) The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want

Reflection led by Rev Professor Alison Jack

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession led by Rev Professor Susan Hardman Moore

Hymn 736 Give thanks for life, the measure of our days



After the service you are warmly invited to a sandwich lunch in the Rainy Hall.


University of Edinburgh statement on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II