St. Mark’s invites parish, community to Choral Evensong on May 2

Join us at St. Mark’s on Sunday, May 2 at 6 p.m., as we offer Choral Evensong for Eastertide featuring the outstanding choir of St. Mark’s with the assistance of guest soprano Sarah Davis (https://www.sarahjoannedavis.com/) and St. Mark’s organist and choirmaster, Mr. Jordan Williams.

Music selections include Herbert Sumsion’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in A major, the African-American Spiritual “My Lord, What a Morning,” John Rutter’s “For the Beauty of the Earth,” Gerald Near’s “Christ Hath a Garden,” Handel’s “I Know that My Redeemer Liveth” from The Messiah, and Charles Wood’s “O Thou the Central Orb.”

Evensong is the name given to the Prayer Book service of Evening Prayer when primarily sung by the choir. It originated with Thomas Cranmer in the first Book of Common Prayer (1549) and draws from the monastic “divine hours” of vigils, lauds, and prime. Evensong is offered daily in most Anglican cathedrals throughout the world and is treasured for its beauty and reverence. It is a distinctive contribution of Anglicanism to the worshiping tradition of the Christian Church.

Despite the fact that the choir carries most of the service, it is not a concert. It is, properly, worship – a service of reflection – of leaving oneself open that God may speak through Holy Scripture, prayer, and music. Congregational hymns and responses are sung as part of this service. Make plans today to experience for yourself this rich expression of prayer in song, either in person or online.

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Attend virtually, https://www.facebook.com/stmarksbeaumont/live