Choral Evensong: August 6
Since the late middle ages "evensong" has been the popular name for vespers (from the Latin vesperis, "evening"), the Evening Office (or prayer service) of the western church. Thomas Cranmer used it in the 1549 Book of Common Prayer. In many Anglican cathedrals and other large churches, especially in England, evensong is sung by clergy and choir as a choral liturgy.
Whether you are accustomed or not to Choral Evensong, we welcome you without reservation or expectation to our Choral Evensong on Thursday, August 6, The Feast of The Transfiguration. The music, sung by the Church of the Redeemer's Choir (from their Washington National Cathedral visit in June of 2019) offers praise to God on behalf of all of us around the world; the people join silently in prayer with them and in speaking together the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and in singing the Hymns.
Distinct from the noisy world around us, Choral Evensong anchors us in the Presence of the Living Christ. It thickens our imagination for mysteries yet undisclosed and realities yet unknown. We hope that the prayers of this Evensong might help you to come closer to Our Lord who both commands us to pray and promises to hear us.
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