A RICH REVELATION OF THE GLORY AND PRESENCE OF GOD
Evensong marks the end of the day and prepares for the approaching night. The roots of this service come out of ancient monastic traditions of Christian prayer. Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury in the 16th century, created this form as part of the simplification of services within the newly-reformed Church of England. The Episcopal Church, as part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, has inherited this pattern of evening prayer.
In this service we are invited to reflect, to pray for the world and for ourselves, and to commend all into God’s hands as words of Holy Scripture are said and sung. The beauty of the music is offered to help us set our lives in the light of eternity; the same light which dwelt among us in Jesus, and which now illuminates us by the Spirit.
2019-2020 Evensong Schedule
Holy Hour: Evensong and Refreshment
Third Tuesdays at 6:30pm (September - June)
September 17 • October 15 • November 19
December 17 • January 21 • February 18
March 17 • April 21 • May 19
June 16 (Pride Night at Holy Hour)
Sunday Evensong at 4pm
November 3 2019 - Evensong for All Souls followed by a Festive Reception
January 26 2020 - Evensong and Chili Cookoff: Evensong followed by our parish’s annual Chili-Cookoff extravaganza.
May 5 2020 - Evensong and Moonbounce: The Saint George’s Choir and Choristers sing Evensong followed by a festive party on the lawn with District Taco and bounce house.
“Evensong hangs on the wall of life like an old, familiar cloak passed through the generations. Rich with prayer and scripture, it is nevertheless totally nonthreatening. It is a service into which all can stumble without censure – a rambling old house where everyone can find some corner to sit and think, to listen with half-attention, trailing a few absentminded fingers of faith or doubt in its passing stream.” (Stephen Hough, pianist.)
What is Evensong?
Can I bring my kid? (Please do!)
Articles on Evensong from around the globe
Interesting articles that ring true for us on the power and impact of Evensong. Well worth reading.
Have you ever been to Evensong? (Dale Adelman, Canon for Music , Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta)
Evensong with your Toddler (David Sinden, Director of Music, St. Peter's Episcopal, St. Louis, MO)
Evensong - the surrender to - Why should I come to church twice? (David Sinden)
Looking for Britain's future leaders? Try Evensong (Bingham, John. The Telegraph)
If religion exists to make raids into what is unsayable, musicians penetrate further than most (Fraser, Giles. The Guardian)
More Evensong Please - Fr. Clint Wilson, thelivingchurch.org