Join us at 4pm on Sunday, October 2 as we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (a few days early) with a service of Choral Evensong. The music will include a brand new anthem, a setting of Robert Bridges’s poem “I love all beauteous things,” composed for the 90th birthday celebration of Queen Elizabeth II by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music. The Very Reverend R. Peet Dickinson, Dean & Rector, will preside.
The Cathedral Choir and the Cathedral Choir of Boys & Girls sing:
Preces & Responses – Richard Ayleward
Evening Service in C – Charles Villiers Stanford
I love all beauteous things – Judith Weir
WHAT IS EVENSONG? Evensong is a uniquely Anglican service for the close of the day, combining the two monastic offices of Vespers and Compline. From St. Paul’s Cathedral, London: “Evensong … is a very tiny fragment of something else: It is a fragment of the worship which is offered to God by Christian people every hour of the 24 in every part of the world. When you come to Evensong … it is as if you were dropping in on a conversation already in progress — a conversation between God and [people] which began long before you were born and will go on long after you are dead. Evensong is drawn almost entirely from the Bible. Its primary purpose is to proclaim the wonderful works of God in history and in the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Its secondary purpose is to evoke from the worshiper a response of praise, penitence, prayer and obedience.”