Thursday, 11 August 2011

Crathie Kirk - 4

Here we see the special door through which The Queen and members of the Royal Family enter the church. This door is never used except when The Queen is present. Once inside, the Royal Party sit in pews invisible to most of the congregation. This arrangement has the enormous advantage that as far as the service goes the presence of Her Majesty The Queen may be totally ignored - Divine Service may proceed as if she were not present. This must be a great relief to Her Majesty who is given a welcome break from her public duties.

All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with fear, His praise forth tell;
Come ye before Him and rejoice.

The Lord, ye know, is God indeed;
Without our aid He did us make;
We are His folk, He doth us feed,
And for His sheep He doth us take.

O enter then His gates with praise;
Approach with joy His courts unto;
Praise, laud, and bless His Name always,
For it is seemly so to do.

For why? the Lord our God is good;
His mercy is for ever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood,
And shall from age to age endure.

To Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
The God Whom Heaven and earth adore,
From men and from the angel host
Be praise and glory evermore.

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