Carl R. Trueman, a professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, CA, shares that while in Cambridge with his youngest son–he decided to expose him to the coral evensong at the King’s Chapel (history of chapel here).
After making it into the Chapel, escaping the down pouring rain that Friday evening in June, Trueman observes, “It was then that I realized that the young girl sitting to my left was wearing a hijab. It was an interesting, if unlikely, juxtaposition: the middle aged Orthodox Presbyterian and the twenty-something Moslem waiting for the Anglican liturgy to begin. I assume that – rather like me – she was probably in the chapel for aesthetic reasons rather than religious ones…”
But it turned out to be something different, which led Trueman to say, among other things,
“Yet here is the irony: in this liberal Anglican chapel, the hijabi experienced an hour long service in which most of the time was spent occupied with words drawn directly from scripture. She heard more of the Bible read, said, sung and prayed than in any Protestant evangelical church of which I am aware – than any church, in other words, which actually claims to take the word of God seriously and place it at the centre of its life. Yes, it was probably a good thing that there was no sermon that day: I am confident that, as Carlyle once commented, what we might have witnessed then would have been a priest boring holes in the bottom of the Church of England. But that aside, Cranmer’s liturgy meant that this girl was exposed to biblical Christianity in a remarkably beautiful, scriptural and reverent fashion.” read full article here
As a Baptist, I’ve been to a few Anglican services in my time, and had my fill of its beautiful liturgy. But if we’re talking aesthetics of a physical chapel, then nothing compares with this famous King’s Chapel.