The Anglican service of evensong dates from the 1549 Book of Common Prayer. The service is the result of the joining of two of the ancient Sarum services—Vespers and Compline—into one service by Thomas Cranmer, first Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury and author of the first Prayer Book.
As the beauty of the experience of evensong has continued for centuries, it has fostered the creation of an immense body of music written solely for this service. Choral Evensong is sung daily in many cathedrals, collegiate chapels and parish churches throughout the Anglican Communion.
Worshipping at evensong has been described as “joining a conversation already in progress.” Consider the possibility that at any given moment, somewhere on the earth, someone, in some language, is offering up a voice of sung prayer as this miraculous conversation continues between the Creator and the created.
All are welcome. Childcare is also available.
The choirs are hard at work preparing for our second choral pilgrimage. We will be the choir-in-residence at Bristol Cathedral in August 2017, and sing an Evensong at Westminster Abbey. Since many of you will be unable to join us in England, we welcome you to the following Evensongs through the spring. Come to listen to and enjoy the music that will be sung at the Cathedral and the Abbey this August.
Epiphany Season Evensong
Preacher: Reverend Vernell Brown, Chaplain at Germantown Home
Reverend Brown’s Chaplaincy Career has spanned 21 years. Eighteen of those years were spent serving seniors in long term care settings. Fourteen of those years Reverend Brown has served as Director of Pastoral care for NewCourtland Senior Services.
Listen to the service
Begin your Lenten observance with the beautiful sung prayers of this service. Featuring the Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis of Parker Kitterman, director of music at Christ Church, Philadelphia.
Reception to follow.
Preacher: Rev. Kathryn Aikins, Pastor of Tabernacle United Church
Choral meditations on the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Featuring the Evening Service by music director Erik Meyer.
Reception to follow.
Preacher: The Rev. Peggy Jean “PJ” Craig, Executive Director, Advocate Center for Culture and Education
Eastertide Evensong and Auction
Celebrate Christ’s resurrection with us. The Treble Choir joins the Chancel Choir adults for our Easter season festal Evensong. Following the Evensong, we’ll have a splendid auction to benefit our pilgrimage. Don’t miss this one!
Auction & Reception to follow.
Preacher: The Rev. Jennifer Mattson, Priest-in-charge of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA
Evensong for the Day of Pentecost
Our last Evensong before we depart, followed by a much-loved tailgating party in the parking lot.
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 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.
Choral Evensong with sermon is held at 5:00 p.m. on the first Sundays of the month from October to 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.