The Duke of Cambridge has sent a letter to the Moderator of the Church of Scotland ahead of Easter, writing that he appreciates what the Church has done to “re-invent itself digitally” to provide a space for worshippers.
“I wanted to acknowledge how difficult a time this must be for the Church of Scotland and your Ministries,” William writes. “You have had to close your Churches at the very moment when you normally come together, and when your communities need you the most.”
William continues that the Church’s measures to include digital services must be “hugely appreciated at this extremely challenging time, particularly by the elderly, vulnerable, those economically affected and of course those who have so tragically lost family and friends” to COVID-19.
“I am sure that this continuing connection and support will be particularly welcomed this Easter weekend.”
William, who was meant to act as Lord High Commissioner at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in May, also writes that he was “very much looking forward to spending a week in Scotland” and that “I know how much work goes into preparing the General Assembly week, and I wanted to pass on my thanks to all involved.”
The letter finishes, “Please pass on my warmest wishes to all Ministers, Elders and Members of the Church of Scotland, who I know are working tirelessly to serve their communities in the most difficult of circumstances.”
The Duke of Cambridge’s letter was released at the same time as The Queen released an Easter message on the Royal Family’s social media accounts, telling the UK and members of the Commonwealth that light overcomes darkness.
“This year, Easter will be different for many of us,” The Queen said. “But by keeping apart we keep others safe. But Easter isn’t cancelled, indeed, we need Easter as much as ever.”
She continued, “We know that coronavirus will not overcome us. As dark as death can be, particularly for those suffering with grief – light and life are greater. May the living flame of the Easter hope be a steady guide as we face the future.”