|119: All Saints, Margaret Street, London|
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Mystery Worshipper: Wesley Cuthbert.
The church: All Saints, Margaret Street, London.
Denomination: Church of England.
The building: Outside: undistinguished apart from the 227-foot spire. Inside: one of the most beautiful churches I know, with everything painted or decorated that can be. Loads of colour and gold leaf.
The neighbourhood: The church is in the heart of London's West End, very close to Oxford Street.
The cast: Celebrant and preacher: Prebendary John Gaskell (retired visiting priest). The vicar is Fr Alan Moses I think he was acting as deacon.
What was the name of the service?
High Mass (with Thanksgiving for Stewardship Campaign).
How full was the building?
Nearly full, with a fairly wide age range.
Did anyone welcome you personally?
The woman handing out hymnbooks whispered "good morning" to me.
Was your pew comfortable?
Cane-seated wooden chairs. Very uncomfortable, creaked whenever anyone moved, and wobbled violently when used as an aid to standing up.
How would you describe the pre-service atmosphere?
Quiet and reverential.
What were the exact opening words of the service?
"In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
What books did the congregation use during the service?
The New English Hymnal; a printed service book containing Rite B from the Alternative Service Book (plus additions such as the Angelus); an additional service sheet with the day's readings, psalm, collect, etc.
What musical instruments were played?
Did anything distract you?
The woman sitting behind me kept flapping all her service sheets around during the quietest moments of the service.
Was the worship stiff-upper-lip, happy clappy, or what?
Traditional Anglo-Catholic smells and bells, with every server possible.