Order of Service for Royal Wedding Released. Two Anthems Alude to England as the New Jerusalem

Posted on April 28, 2011

The “official” program for the wedding ceremony of Catherine and William (including the order of service) has been released.  It will be readily available for download and may be viewed here.

Two of SamHenry’s very favorite anthems have been chosen.  The Bride will process to the altar accompanied by “I was Glad.”  Parry’s version was written for the coronation of  Edward VI in 1911 and has been played at every coronation since.  Most recently it was played for the Queen’s 2002 Jubilee service at St. Paul’s.  It ends beautifully with a stanza that begins, “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Toward the end of the service, a staple  in the files of British Anthems, “And Did Those Feet” based on the poem by William Blake will be heard.  Most in America were introduced to it in the movie “Chariots of Fire” and during the war years in “Mrs miniver.”   It was popular in the US in the war years.  It was the unofficial anthem for my mother’s private school.

The newly married couple will progress to the West Door to the familiar strains of “Crown Imperial” by William Walton.

SamHenry will be up at 4:00 AM EST watching all things imperial tomorrow morning.  This is living  history and also a real visual and musical treat.  There will always be an England but not always a monarchy.  Enjoy it fully and guilt free without a thought to its cost.  As the late comedic filmmaker and actor, Mel Brooks, would have said  at this time: “It’s good to be Queen! ” And as SamHenry always says about such displays: and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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