Choral Evensong, also known as Evening Prayer, is offered at 6pm on the second and last Sundays of most months. The service makes use of the ancient poetry of the Church set to beautiful music; some of it hundreds of years old, some of it new. The Anglican Chorale of Southeast Florida sings much of the service, including psalms (sung to Anglican Chant) and canticles (The Song of Mary and The Song of Simeon). A regular Evensong lasts around forty-five minutes; Festal or Solemn Evensong (with sermon) lasts around an hour. All Evensongs are followed by a reception in Cathedral Hall.
The service dates back to the Reformation, arising as a combination of the old Catholic Offices of Compline and Vespers. It has been sung daily ever since in Cathedrals, Churches and Colleges throughout the Anglican Communion, of which the Episcopal Church is a part. Evensongs at Trinity Cathedral make use of both the Book of Common Prayer of 1662 (still the official Prayer Book of the Church of England) and the 1979 Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.
Next Evensong: Sunday May 26th at 6pm
|Prelude||Trio sonata no. 4 BWV 528 Bach|
|Psalm||45 Stanford and Hurd|
|Canticles||Sumsion in G|
|Anthem||O lux beata Trinitas Kerry Andrew|
|Postlude||Fugue in E flat, BWV 552 Bach|
Remaining Evensongs this season are: June 9 and June 23.
There will also be an Evensong on July 21 sung by the tour choir.