Since the first Book of Common Prayer in 1549, Choral Evensong has been an evening offering sung in cathedrals and churches of the Anglican Communion. This 6 p.m. service held on Wednesday nights from October through May. The service is followed by community supper ($6 suggested donation) with educational programs at 7:30 p.m. See the full schedule below.

2017 Fall & Winter Choral Evensong Schedule

October

4 Francis of Assisi
The Rev. Dr. Paul Gaston
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Service: Stanford in B-flat

11 Philip
The Rt. Rev. Mark
Hollingsworth, Jr.
Trinity Chamber Singers
Service: Walton “Chichester Service

18 St. Luke the Evangelist
The Rt. Rev. Arthur Williams
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Service: Noble in A Minor

25 St. James of Jerusalem
The Rev. Canon Kay Rackley
Trinity Chamber Singers
Service: Tallis Faburden Service

November

1 All Saints
The Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Service: David Conte “Trinity Service

8 William Temple
The Rev. Dale Grandfield
Choristers of St. Paul’s, Cleveland Heights
Service: Bairstow in E-flat

15 Samuel Seabury
The Rev. Dr. Paul Gaston
Trinity Chamber Singers
Service: Wesley in E

22 No Evensong in Thanksgiving Week

29 Kamehameha & Emma
The Rev. Rosalind Hughes
Trinity Chamber Singers
Service: Stanford in G

December

6 Nicholas
The Rev. Dr. Brian Wilbert
Men of the Cathedral Choir
Service: Dyson in C minor

13 Lucy [Lucia]
The Rev. Dr. Paul Gaston
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Service: Eckelmeyer “Trinity Hodie Service

Evensong hangs on the wall of English life like an old, familiar cloak passed through the generations. Rich with prayer and scripture, it is nevertheless totally non-threatening. It is a service into which all can stumble without censure—a rambling old house where everyone can find some corner to sit and think, to listen with half-attention, trailing a few absent-minded fingers of faith or doubt in its passing stream. Most religious celebrations gather us around a table of some sort. They hand us a book, or a plate, or speak a word of demanding response. They want to ‘touch’ us. Choral Evensong is a liturgical expression of Christ’s Nolle me tangere – ‘Do not touch me. I have not yet ascended to my Father’ (St. John 20:17). It reminds us that thresholds can be powerful places of contemplation; and that leaving someone alone with their thoughts is not always denying them hospitality or welcome.

Stephen Hough

Other evening services at Trinity Cathedral include:

5 p.m. Solemn Sung Eucharist

Held on the first Sunday of each month
October 1
November 5
December 3