Tonight, I went to Evensong at New College for their College Commemoration. I thought it might be at least interesting; it was far more than I expected. It began with a candlelit procession led by the choir around the main quadrangle. Once in the chapel, the service included a poignant anthem by Parry and an excellent sermon by the Warden on the effect of World War I on New College and on how the way that war was remembered affected later history. I hope to post more on both the anthem and the sermon. And the choir and the selection of music was excellent, but that is to be expected at New College, of course.
New College is rightly choosing to focus on the 100thanniversary of the end of the Great War. And that includes an interesting exhibition in the antechapel that I will have to revisit.
As if all that wasn’t good enough, when I went to the Turf Tavern afterward for physical nourishment, I listened to celebratory change-ringing from the bells of the tower of New College right next to the tavern as I finished my pint.
By the way, this evening is contributing to my reflecting on our role in the company of the saints as we approach All Saints Day. I hope to post on that as well.