St. Paul’s Choral Scholars will join St. Paul’s Choir to offer Choral Evensong for All Saints’ Day at 4 p.m. November 2.
The repertoire is drawn from the rich body of work inspired by this principal feast of the church year that celebrates all Christians and the spiritual bond between those in heaven (the “church triumphant”) and the living.
The Choral Scholars will sing Alice Parker’s thrilling arrangement of Hark, I hear the harps eternal, and St. Paul’s Choir will offer music of Herbert Sumsion and Richard Shephard.
The choirs will combine to sing a resplendent polychoral work, Alleluia, in resurrectione tua Christe by Jacobus Gallus (1551-1591), also known as Jacob Handl.
The service of Choral Evensong has its origins in the ancient custom of marking the hours of the day and night in prayer, all in an effort to fulfill the Lord’s precept to “pray without ceasing.”
The basic form of the liturgy as currently practiced was devised in the 16th century to provide a form of daily evening prayer common to clergy and laity alike. The service features singing of the Psalms, Canticles, Hymns, Scripture readings, and prayers for the Church, the world and those in need.