Featured Evensong Podcast from March 13, 2019

Choral Evensong from Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Theodore James Holly

This week’s featured Choral Evensong was sung by the Trinity Chamber Singers on March 13, 2019. The Rev. Sarah Shofstall was our homilist as we commemorated James Theodore Holly (1829-1911), the first African-American Bishop in the Episcopal Church.

The Preces and Responses were sung to the setting by Martin Neary (b. 1940), who was music director at Winchester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey during his distinguished career. The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis were sung to the setting by Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986), one of the truly distinctive voices in 20th-century English music, known particularly for his chamber music and his eleven symphonies. The first of that evening’s two anthems was the brief “Litany to the holy Spirit,” sung in memory of its composer, Peter Hurford, who died on March 3, 2019. Hurford was the founder of the St. Albans International Organ Festival, and one of the leading English organists in the second half of the 20th century. The second anthem is the beautiful “Lord, let me know mine end” by Maurice Greene. Greene lived from 1686 to 1775, almost an exact contemporary of J. S. Bach.

The Trinity Chamber Singers
Todd Wilson, choirmaster; Nicole Keller, organist
Homilist: The Rev. Sarah Shofstall

Preces and Responses: Martin Neary (b. 1940)

Service: Edmund Rubbra in A-flat (1901-1986)

Anthem: Litany to the Holy Spirit – in memoriam, Peter Hurford (1930-2019)

Lord, let me know mine end – Maurice Greene (1686-1755)

Psalm 86:11-17 Anglican Chant (Turle)

Hymns: 35, 547


Evensong Order of Service

Opening Preces

Office Hymn


First Lesson


Second Lesson

Nunc Dimittis                       

Apostle’s Creed

Responses, Lord’s Prayer, and Collects

Collect for the Day




Spoken Prayers

Concluding Versicle and Response



Organ Voluntary

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