September 7, 2023

Choral Evensong returns from its Summer Break

  St Mary’s offers a twice-monthly Choral Evensong service as part of its pattern of worship. This service, which lasts an hour, is predominantly a musical one, with psalms, canticles…

 

St Mary’s offers a twice-monthly Choral Evensong service as part of its pattern of worship. This service, which lasts an hour, is predominantly a musical one, with psalms, canticles and anthems sung by St Mary’s Choir, accompanied by congregational hymns, a sermon and prayers.

Choral Evensong has often been called the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Anglicanism. There is nothing quite like it in any of the other Christian traditions of the world. This is partly because generations of English composers have written music for use at Evensong, going back to the roots of the Church of England in the Reformation. At St Mary’s, it is a smaller and quieter service than our main 11am Parish Eucharist, and in a busy urban world provides a still point of prayer and reflection, as the choir minister through music the love of God in their singing and service. It’s a great way to prepare for the working week ahead.

St Mary’s Choir has been on its summer break and it returns this Sunday, including a service of Choral Evensong at 6pm. This term there will be Choral Evensong services on the following Sundays (all at 6pm)

10th September

24th September

8th October

22nd October

12th November (Remembrance Sunday)

26th November (Canon Simon Butler’s final service as Vicar of St Mary’s)

 

You would be very welcome to join us.

Please note: for the foreseeable future, there will be no further public services on Evening Prayer on the First and Third Sunday evenings. But do watch out for the occasional special service, including Carol Services at Advent and Christmas and other one-off events.

 

 

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