Starting on Wednesday January 16th at 3.30pm, there will be a weekly service of Evensong. This will follow on directly from the time of Prayer and Healing.
Revd Michael Woodhall writes:
Invitations are funny things, aren’t they? The glossy ones are not always the best; an invitation made in person is always better. It is better because it makes you feel wanted.
This is the spirit in which you are invited to come along to the Service of Evensong which will be said at St Mary’s, Princes Risborough every Wednesday at 3.30 pm until 4.00 pm commencing Wednesday 16th January 2019.
As you know, St Mary’s has been open over the past six months on Wednesdays between 2.00pm and 4.00pm for prayer and healing. This will continue. The decision to include Evensong at 3.30pm has been made in response to the requests of many people that we should finish the afternoon with Evensong and encourage others to join us.
Please come if you can, you will be very welcome.
Evening Prayer, Anglican
Evening Prayer is a liturgy in use in the Anglican tradition. It is celebrated in the late afternoon or evening. It is also commonly known as Evensong, especially when it is sung.
It is roughly the equivalent of Vespers in the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran Churches, although it was originally formed by combining the monastic offices of Vespers and Compline.
Most Cathedrals of the Church of England, from where the service originates, and a number of University College Chapels, for example the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Durham and King’s College, London offer this Service regularly, often daily.
Canterbury Cathedral is one of the few Churches in the country where Evensong is sung seven days a week. At York Minster it is sung six days a week.
Contained in the Service are two of the most beautiful Canticles in the Book of Common Prayer.
Also known as the Song of Mary, the text of this Canticle is taken directly from the Gospel according to Saint Luke where it is spoken by Mary upon the occasion of her visitation to her cousin, Elizabeth. Luke, Chapter 1, verses 46 – 55.
The Nunc Dimittis
Also known as the Song of Simeon, the Nunc Dimittis is from the opening words from the second chapter of the Gospel according to Saint Luke, Chapter 2, verses 29 – 32. Since the fourteenth century it has been used in Evening Worship.