Evening Prayer or Evensong is a service held in the afternoon or early evening. It is either a completely spoken service or, when music is added, it becomes known as Choral Evensong.
Choral Evensong begins with a sung introduction followed by a spoken penitential section and the Lord’s Prayer. There is a Psalm for the day that is sung and an Old and New Testament reading. There is a set of Preces and Responses that are sung by the priest and choir. The choir also sings the Magnificat (My Soul doth Magnify the Lord) as well as the Nunc Dimittis (Lord, now lettest thou thy Servant depart in Peace) and this is followed by an Anthem. There are a few hymns and a short sermon.
This particular Evensong includes A Prayer of Henry VI by Henry Ley, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C by Charles Villiers Stanford and John Joubert’s O Lorde the Maker of all thing.
Evensong is a contemplative service and lasts no longer than an hour. It is gentle and inspiring and is a wonderful way to end one week of work and start the next one.
We look forward to seeing you there!