- Sunday | October 4, 2015
- 5:00 pm
- St. Paul's Nave
The first Choral Evensong of the program year will be on Sunday, October 4, at 5 p.m.
The St. Paul’s Senior Choir will sing C.V. Stanford’s Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in C, as well as a recent setting of the beloved “Abide with me” text by Richard Webster of Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston. The hymns will include a setting of St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer of reconciliation in honor of his feast day.
Find out more about upcoming music programs on the Music Calendar page of St. Paul’s website.
Since the late middle ages “evensong” has been the popular name for vespers, one of the eight daily offices still observed in monastic communities. The Anglican “Evening Prayer” service appeared in the first Book of Common Prayer in 1549 and is found on page 61 of our current BCP. When this prayer service is sung instead of said, it is called “Evensong.” The chants used in the service have their roots in ancient Hebrew rites.