St. Paul’s Choir will sing a service of Choral Evensong for the Day of Pentecost, June 8, at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Repertoire will include music from the Tudor era by Orlando Gibbons and Richard Ayleward, canticles by C.V. Stanford, as well as hymns, and organ music of Olivier Messiaen.
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 sixteenth century to provide a form of daily evening prayer common to clergy and laity alike. The service features singing of the Psalms, Canticles (biblical songs of praise other than the Psalms), Hymns, Scripture readings, and prayers for the Church, the world and those in need.