Evensongs are evening prayer services, so called in a reference to the latin ‘Vespers‘, which means ‘evening’. They are offered as part of the liturgy of the canonical hours by many churches including Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran.
While most of those churches will refer to their evening prayers as ‘Vespers’, the Anglican tradition refers to them as ‘Evensong’. The Anglican Evensong includes psalms and canticles, conducted following a set form with a choral delivery of the service.
If you are in the UK – living or perhaps visiting – you will find an evensong near you in this great website: www.choralevensong.org. You can browse by location or even post code and they will help you find options nearby. They will also help you learn more about evensongs, for example, understanding the various musical items you will find in a Choral Evensong service.magnificat
Enough talk, let’s have a moment to enjoy some Evensong music: I’ve chosen Stanford Magnificat in G, a joyful piece of music representing the praise by the young Mary, rejoicing at the prospect of the birth or her child, Jesus. Enjoy!