Evensong

*Evensongs are at 5:00 p.m. every First Sunday from October until June.

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.

Two hands raised up, light by reds and blues. First Sundays at Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Episcopal. Choral Evensong at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 2 featuring the Philadelphia Premiere of

Choral Evensong

June 2, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Featuring The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed composed by Joel Thompson
St. Martin’s final Choral Evensong of the season, on June 2, 2019 at 5:00 p.m., will feature the Philadelphia Premiere of The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed composed by Joel Thompson. This is a musical setting with orchestra of the last words said by seven unarmed African American men before they were killed by the police. This is offered in recognition of Gun Violence Awareness month, and National Gun Violence Awareness Day, later that week on June 7.

After being troubled by the onslaught of killings of unarmed black men and finding Shirin Barghi’s #lastwords project, Joel Thompson began his journey in writing this composition. Using the text structure of the Joseph Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ, Joel chose seven last words from Shirin’s artwork that formed the structure of the work. Of the piece, Joel says, “Liturgical settings of the Seven Last Words of Christ are not attempting to demonize the Roman soldiers…but to stir within the listner an empathy towards the suffering of Jesus. Similarly, this piece is not an anti-police protest work; it is really a meditation on the lives of these black men and an effort to focus on their humanity, which is often eradicated in the media to justify their deaths.” Learn more about the history of this composition.

Evensong is a contemplative service of music and prayer, and is sung daily in many cathedrals and churches throughout the world. All are welcome. Childcare is available.

Past Evensongs

Evensong is a contemplative service of music and prayer, and is sung daily in many cathedrals and churches throughout the world. 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.

Regular Sunday Schedule

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

Other Days

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.

Location

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.


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