Yesterday was my first service ever at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, and it was a special one, Choral Evensong concluded with a commemoration of Henry the Sixth on the Eve of the Anniversary of his Death.
The choir was excellent. It is smaller than some foundations, with 10 boys (and a probationer this service) and I think 8 men. One could pick out individual voices a bit more than with larger choirs, but their singing was nonetheless exemplary. It let me know that I missed English choral worship more than I knew!
At the conclusion of the Choral Evensong portion, there was a procession to the grave of King Henry to the right of the altar rail. There two youths from Eton placed a yellow rose and a yellow lily on the grave. And an official from Kings read a prayer.
I think it was immediately afterward that the choir sang Ley’s Prayer of King Henry. It was beautiful and moving. And it was the first time I had even heard that composition. I need to find if a good recording is available somewhere.
After the service, I went over to the grave and prayed chiefly for two intentions.
This morning, I will go to a brief memorial service at Eton.