Evensong is a contemplative service of music and prayer, and is sung daily in many cathedrals and churches throughout the world. The Anglican service of evensong dates from the 1549 Book of Common Prayer. The service is the result of the joining of two ancient services—vespers and compline—into one service by Thomas Cranmer, first Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury and author of the first prayer book. As the evening light fades, the calm aura of prayer and beautiful music helps quiet the soul. St. Martin’s Evensong includes a sermon by a different guest preacher each month, except in cases of special musical services. Evensong is one of the most popular services at St. Martin’s. All are welcome. Childcare is also available.
As the days grow darker, and the church begins its annual preparations for the coming of Christ, St. Martin’s celebrates with an Advent Procession. This service combines scripture readings with gorgeous choral music. With each reading and anthem, candles are lit, and the church gradually fills with light. This popular St. Martin’s tradition is over thirty years old and continues to inspire.
Christmas Lessons & Carols
A King’s College tradition, St. Martin’s style! While the rest of the world has already put away the Christmas decorations, the church continues to celebrate the Birth of Christ into January. Get your last fix of your favorite Christmas carols at this service of nine lessons and choral anthems.
The Rev. Dr. Koshy Mathews, rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Phoenixville
The Rev. Dr. Koshy Mathews, was born in India and raised in the Mar Thoma tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church. After coming to the United States in the early 1970s, he received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and Doctor of Ministry from Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to Phoenixville, Fr. Mathews served as interim priest at Epiphany Parish, Walpole and St. Chrysostom, Wollaston, and as associate rector at Christ Church, Needham in the Massachusetts diocese. He accepted the call to serve as rector of St. Peter’s Church Phoenixville in January 2006.
He and his wife Susan have two grown children: Ranjit, who with his wife Johanna and grandson Dhruv, in December 2017 became rector of St. James Episcopal Church in New London, CT, and Manju, a social worker, lives in Danville, CA and serves as the director of behavioral health services at Axis Community Health in the San Francisco area.
The Rev. Samuel Kirabi Ndung’u, associate rector of The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, in Overbrook
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. worship.together (Eucharist for preschool families)
9:15 a.m. Parish Forum & Christian Education (Kairos)
10:30 a.m. Choral Eucharist
Morning prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.
Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.
Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.
Compline is offered at 7:00 p.m. on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, in the Church.
Choral Evensong is offered at 5:00 p.m. on 1st Sundays, Oct.-June, in the Church.
We would love to have you join us.
This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.