Evening Prayer, in the Anglican Church is a traditional service when people come to church to worship in the late afternoon or early evening. In cathedrals in Britain and in some university chapels, it is a service that is sung by a choir nearly every day of the week, referred to as Choral Evensong.
The form of Evensong used for this service of worship was developed by Thomas Cranmer in the 16th century from a combination of sources, including “vespers” and “compline”, that used to be said or sung every day in monasteries. Cranmer took some of the words that were used in these services and made the form of Evening Prayer, found in the Book of Common Prayer. (various revisions and modern language forms are also to be found)
Evensong at St Andrew’s
At St Andrew’s, we hold a mid-week choral evensong service once a month. This distinctive Anglican office combines the timeless words of the 1662 Prayer Book with the music of the Psalms, Magnificat, and Nunc dimittis by celebrated composers of the English cathedral tradition, in a service of stillness and calm for the end of the day.
For details, see our Calendar of services.
Every year in October the choir makes a visit to the Predigerkirche in Zurich to sing Choral Evensong at their invitation.
Please join us on Friday 14 October at 6.30pm, Predigerkirche, Zähringerpl. 6, 8001 Zurich
We will be singing the Canticles by Herbert Howells (1892-1983), his anthem ‘O pray for the peace of Jerusalem’, the Responses by Stephen Cleobury (1948–2019), and psalms and hymns.
An order for night prayer (Compline)
Compline is a time of gentle prayer for late evening. Compline is above all a service of quietness and reflection in which we allow God to speak to us amidst the stresses of life, and we offer our cares and concerns to Him.
Click here for an order for Compline
Evening prayer online
Click here, for links to today’s order for evening and night prayer, as well as the daily prayer app from the Church of England
BBC Radio Three broadcasts a weekly Choral Evensong service every Wednesday, at 16:30CET. Click here for more information and to listen on-line.
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