You can’t have too much of a good thing, especially when that thing is Anglican choral music.
You are invited to attend a special service of Choral Evensong here at St. Peter’s on Sunday, February 11 at 5:00 p.m. This service will be sung by the combined choirs of the Church of St. Michael & St. George, Clayton, and St. Peter’s, Ladue. The music will be directed by the churches’ choirmasters, Robert Lehman and David Sinden. The organ will be played by Nicholas Bideler.
Choral Evensong is the service of Evening Prayer (from the Book of Common Prayer) set to music. Here in St. Louis, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to find an Evensong service sung nearly every Sunday.
- Here at St. Peter’s, you can always attend Evensong on the second Sunday of the month at 5:00 p.m.
- At St. Michael’s & St. George, Evensong is offered on the first and third Sundays of the month at 5:00 p.m.
- At the Cathedral, Evensong is offered on the fourth Sunday of the month at 5:00 p.m.
- Several other churches in the Diocese of Missouri also offer Evensong services periodically.
Evensong is a quintessentially Anglican service. In designing the liturgy, Thomas Cranmer combined the largely monastic services of Vespers and Compline. Evensong includes the distinctive canticles from those two services: the Magnificat (Song of Mary) and the Nunc dimittis (Song of Simeon).
We are very excited to be joining with our colleagues in Clayton for the second year. Last year, these two capable choirs joined together had a magnificent choral sound raised in worship to almighty God.
This year’s joint Evensong service is being held on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany. It promises to be a joyous liturgical and musical celebration before we all begin the more somber season of Lent.
The music for the February 11 Evensong service is:
Introit: And Peace at the Last – Leo Nestor
Responses: Grayston Ives
Psalms 59-61: Stanford, Kelway, Rimbault, C. H. Stewart
Canticles: Charles Villiers Stanford in C
Anthem: Seek him that maketh the seven stars – Jonathan Dove