Magnificent St. George’s Chapel Choir in the magnificent Quire!

June 15, 2008 at 4:55 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Quire of St. George\'s Chapel Windsor Castle in golden sunlight on 10 December 2007

In praise and worship during the service of Mattins and Sermon this morning, the resounding organ music and powerful angel voices  were ~ oh, so moving!  Yet I cannot sing their praises highly enough: I lack the musical and emotional and spiritual vocabulary to describe the spiritual shiver that flowed through me several times as the choir of St. George’s Chapel sang the Te Deum laudamus:

We praise thee, O God
we acknowledge thee to be the Lord
All the earth doth worship thee
the Father everlasting.
To thee all the angels cry aloud
the heavens and all the powers therein.
To thee cherubim and seraphim do continually cry
Holy, Holy, Holy,
Lord God of Sabaoth; heaven and earth
are full of the majesty of thy glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee.
The noble army of martyrs praise thee.
The Holy Church
throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee;
the father of an infinite majesty;
thine honourable true and only Son;
also the Holy Ghost the comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man,
thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the hand of God in glory of the Father.
We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,
whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them numbered with thy saints in glory everlasting
O Lord save thy people
and bless thine heritage.
Govern them and lift them up for ever.
Day by day we magnify thee;
and worship thy name, ever world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us, as our trust is in thee.
O Lord in thee have I trusted let me not be confounded.

It is a pity President Bush missed a glorious musical and spiritual treat today at Windsor Castle.  I hope he enjoys tea with Her Majesty the Queen.

P.S.  Photo above is of the Quire, which is where the choir sits, to the east end of the Chapel.  A beautiful photo of the nave, which is where the congregation often sit, is in another post of mine here:

St. George’s Chapel Windsor gleaming in sunlight this morning

This morning, as we left chapel, the West doors were open, allowing sunlight to flood the nave interior.  It looked heavenly!

Perfect for tomorrow’s Garter Day service and procession …

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  1. “Spiritual Shiver” is a great way to describe the feeling in such places, and that an everyday vocabulary is inadequate to fully describe such a sublime experience. Great picture, too.

  2. I totally agree with the comment above: it is quite indescribable


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