Evensong

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

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.


Upcoming Evensongs

St. Martin’s Choir Returns from Bristol, UK

October 1 - 5 p.m.

Welcome our choir back from their summer pilgrimage to Bristol Cathedral and visit to Westminster Abbey. Reception to follow.
Preacher: The Rev. Peter M. Carey, rector St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Cathedral Road
Rev. Carey is the rector of St. Mary’s, Cathedral Road. He is a native of Middlebury, Vermont, and earned a B.A. from Bates College, an M.Ed. from George Washington University, and as M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary. Peter is no stranger to the Philadelphia area or St. Martin’s; from 2000-2004 he was a religion and history teacher at Episcopal Academy, and during his time there he served occasionally as liturgist and preacher at St. Martin’s. We are pleased to welcome him back as our guest preacher for our first evensong of the year!


All Saints’ & All Souls’ Evensong

November 5 - 5 p.m.

Welcome our choir back from their summer pilgrimage to Bristol Cathedral and visit to Westminster Abbey. Reception to follow.
Preacher: The Rev. Anne Thatcher, Associate Rector, Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields


Advent Procession Evensong

December 3 - 5 p.m.

Welcome our choir back from their summer pilgrimage to Bristol Cathedral and visit to Westminster Abbey. Followed by annual fellowship dinners. Sign ups coming soon.


Christmas Lessons & Carols

January 7 - 5 p.m.

Welcome our choir back from their summer pilgrimage to Bristol Cathedral and visit to Westminster Abbey. Reception to follow.


Epiphany Evensong

February 5 - 5 p.m.

Welcome our choir back from their summer pilgrimage to Bristol Cathedral and visit to Westminster Abbey. Reception to follow.
Preacher: The Rev. Winnie Varghese, Director of Justice and Reconciliation, Trinity Church Wall Street



Past Evensongs 2017

First Sundays at 5:00 p.m.

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.


Pentecost Evensong

June 4 - 5 p.m.

Preacher: Barb Ballenger, Associate for Spiritual Formation & Care, Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Philadelphia, PA
Listen to the service



Eastertide Evensong

May 7 - 5 p.m.

Preacher: The Rev. Jennifer Mattson, Priest-in-charge of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA
Listen to the service



Passiontide Evensong

April 2 - 5 p.m.

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
Listen to the service



Lenten Evensong

March 5 - 5 p.m.

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.
Preacher: Rev. Kathryn Aikins, Pastor of Tabernacle United Church
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Epiphany Season Evensong

February 5 - 5 p.m.

Preacher: Reverend Vernell Brown, Chaplain at Germantown Home
Listen to the service


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


Regular Sunday Service Schedule: Returns September 24, 2017

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

Other Days

Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

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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