God save the Queen

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I’ve been attending Sunday morning services at the chapel at Magdalen College, where C.S. Lewis was a Fellow. Most of the colleges in Oxford and Cambridge have really beautiful high Anglican Masses, usually sung by boys’ choirs that have been around for four centuries or so. They’re worth seeing for aesthetic reasons even if you’re not religiously inclined. What I’ve found really interesting, though, is how the services reveal England’s un-separation of Church and State. At the end of some services, the congregation breaks into a rousing chorus of “God Save the Queen.” It’s been fascinating, if not a little unsettling for an American liberal, accustomed as I am to having my politics and my religion served on separate plates.


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