Choral Evensong for Lent
Sunday, March 1, 2020, 5:00 PM
Choral Evensong - a service combining vespers and evening prayer - is a service of music and prayer with a homily offered by guest preachers from the local area. There is no Eucharist or Holy Communion at this worship service. Childcare is provided.
"Since the late middle ages "evensong" has been the popular name for vespers (from the Latin vesperis, "evening"), the Evening Office of the western church. Thomas Cranmer used it in the 1549 BCP. Although in 1552 he replaced it with "Evening Prayer," the common name remains "evensong." In many Anglican cathedrals and other large churches, especially in England, evensong is sung by clergy and choir as a choral liturgy." - Glossary definition provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY, (All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
Music for the evening includes:
Smith - Preces and Responses
Gibbons - Short Service
Stopford - If Ye Love Me
Our guest preacher this Sunday evening is the Rev. Dr. Chaz Howard, University of Pennsylvania Chaplain
The Rev. Chaz Howard PhD is an Episcopal priest, theologian, and university chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania. Chaz is the author of five books including most recently Pond River Ocean Rain – a small book about going deeper with a big God and the forthcoming Dissent Descent: A Theology of the Bottom – A Mosaic Liberation Theology Novel-in-Verse about the Hero’s Journey downward to the street. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife, Dr. Lia C. Howard and their three daughters.
Updates on future First Sundays at 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong is cancelled for April due to Palm Sunday.
On Sunday, May 3, in place of our Choral Evensong, we invite you to attend the worship celebration for the 150th Anniversary of Episcopal Community Services at the Philadelphia Cathedral.
Find more information on our Special Music Events page.