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“Sung Eucharist in magnificent surroundings”

St. George's Chapel
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Windsor Half Day Tour Including Entry to Windsor Castle from London
Ranked #2 of 61 things to do in Windsor
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London, United Kingdom
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“Sung Eucharist in magnificent surroundings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

This is the second time we've attended the 11.45am Sung Eucharist in the splendid surroundings of St. George's Chapel, Windsor. It involves joining a short queue at King Henry's gate before bring ushered into the chapel. Today because the regular choir was on holiday a guest choir sang as is customary the Kyrie, Gloria and Agnus Dei from a mass setting. Why the Credo is omitted and is instead said I know not. However the setting by the bizarrely named Caesar was far from masterful, at times sounding trendily dissonant merely for the sake of it. The closing chord of the Gloria was simply unpleasant, no fault of the singers, entirely that of the composer. One of the hymns chosen was the German National Anthem in an English word setting, music, of course, by Franz Josef Haydn. Pity one of his masses was not performed, rather than that of the unfortunate Caesar. This Sung Eucharist, without either a sermon or closing hymn, is completed within 45 minutes. The officiating minister disappeared after the service rather than bidding farewell to any member of the congregation.

Visited August 2014
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“Windsor weekend.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

It was packed with atmosphere & history. V knowledgeable guides added to the experience. There was nothing negative to report.

Visited July 2014
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Rothwell, United Kingdom
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“Lovely Old chapel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

Included in admission with windsor castle , it is well worth a look around , it's a beautiful building !

Visited July 2014
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Porto Alegre, RS
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“Surprisingly beuatiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

The Chapel is small compared to the big Cathedrals, but the architecture and the decoration are impressive. The history importance of it is remarkable as well. It is the burial site of King George VI and Queen Elisabeth I, parents of the actual Queen. The center of the chapel has a very well crafted wood, which holds the place of each participant of the Order of the Garter. The Chapel can be entered through the Castle of Windsor gardens. The fact that you cannot take pictures inside the chapel makes you admire more carefully this piece of art.

Visited July 2014
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“Worship Time: Some Sundays at 11:45”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

Check your travel agenda, and especially if you are an Anglican, plan to attend service at this very historic place. You get to walk over Henry VIII. You line up at the Exit to the Castle grounds, and the line up is monitored by castle police. When the earlier service is over, you are directly pointed inside to the chapel. Then you get to worship where centuries of English royalty have also done so! Awesome to say the least. Only about 60 people attended when we were there - and the service did not include a sermon, so it was under an hour. Lots of local places for lunch after, or you can always join the hordes visiting the rest of the castle. No entry fee for worshippers - until you want to visit the rest.

Visited July 2014
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