Choral Evensong is a distinctive form of Evening Prayer used by churches of the Anglican Communion. It was developed by Thomas Cranmer from medieval Latin offices of Vespers and Compline and has remained largely unchanged since 1549.
The service begins with a seasonal sentence from Holy Scripture followed by short prayers sung by the Officiant and the Choir. One or more psalms or portions of psalms, which have always been the core of both Morning and Evening Prayer, follow. A reading from the Old Testament is linked to another from the New Testament by the singing of the canticle Magnificat, the Song of Mary, which gathers together the promises of the Old Testament and points to their fulfillment in the New. The canticle Nunc dimittus, the Song of Simeon, which rejoices that the coming of Christ fulfilled these promises, leads to the affirmation of our faith using the words of the Apostles’ Creed. Further prayers are followed by the singing of an anthem by the Choir. Following prayers of intercession, the congregation joins in singing the final hymn.
Holy Family is proud to continue this ancient tradition of prayer and praise through choral music.
On the third Sunday of each month at 4:00 p.m. (September through May), a concert of sacred music is offered, followed immediately by Evensong, led by organist/choirmaster John King Carter, the clergy, and members of the choir.