Holy Scripture calls Christians to pray. St. Paul tells the Church in Thessalonica to “pray constantly,” (1Th 5:17). St. Jude writes in his letter “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith; praying in the Holy Spirit;” (Jud 1:20). Choral Evensong is a beautiful part of Anglican worship. Choral Evensong is offered to God by His people in every part of the world. When you come to Evensong you are stepping into unceasing prayer.
Evensong is a beautiful way to close the day, whether the service is held on Sunday evening or in a mid-week evening. We spend time in prayer, examining the day past while listening and participating in music that is especially selected to bring us into deeper understanding of the mysteries of our faith.
How long does Choral Evensong last? Approximately 35-45 minutes
What should I expect at Evensong? Hymns, Scripture readings, Anglican chant and anthems sung by the choir.
Will there be a sermon? No.
Why does the choir sing so much at Choral Evensong? In Choral Evensong the congregation sings hymns and some service music. The choir sings settings of the Canticles: the Magnificat and the Nunc Dimittis. The petitions of prayer and the people’s responses are sung between the clergy officiating and the choir with the people joining.
In addition to the singing of the hymns, the Choir sings the Apostle’s Creed and the Lord’s Prayer.
How will I know what I should do during the service? A booklet outlining the service will be available.
When Evensong falls on a Sunday afternoon St. John’s provides a reception following Evensong? As important as it is for us to have time to reflect and ponder the mysteries of our lives, it is also important that we have fellowship with those in our community. The reception gives us a chance to talk and share with those who have celebrated with us.