Evensong is an Anglican form of office, conflating the monastic evening offices of Vespers and Compline, as originally set out in the Book of Common Prayer of 1549, the first Prayer Book to provide for services in the English language. The two canticles, Magnificat (The Song of Mary, St. Luke 1:46-55) and Nunc Dimittis (The Song of Simeon, St. Luke 2: 29-32), form the invariable heart of Evensong, and have, together with the Versicles and Responses, been the subject of a wide range of musical settings by composers from the time of the first Prayer Book to the present day.
At Holy Innocents’ therefore, we hold a number of Choral Evensongs each year with a full SATB choir for those who like an addition or alternative to their regular morning worship.
All are very welcome to take part in these services held at 6pm throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you there.
Sunday 21st July, 6pm
Introit: Locus iste (Bruckner)
Mag. & Nunc Dimittis: Stanford in C
Anthem: Drop, drop, slow tears (Walton)
Collection for Save the Children
Sunday 6th October (Harvest), 6pm
Introit: Haste thee, O God (Batten)
Mag. & Nunc Dimittis: Brewer in D
Anthem: Sheep may safely graze (Bach)
Collection for The Upper Room
Saturday 30th November (Advent), 6pm
Introit: A tender shoot (Goldschmidt)
Mag. & Nunc Dimittis: Howells in G
Anthem: O Thou, the central orb (Charles Wood)
Collection for charity
Photography by Debbie Attwell