Featured Evensong Podcast from December 4, 2019

Featured Choral Evensong from Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Trinity Cathedral Choir

John of Damascus

As we enter the season of Advent this week, our featured Evensong service is from early Advent a year ago, on Wed., December 4, 2019.

The Cathedral Choir sang this service, and the homilist was the Rev. Rosalind Hughes, Rector of the Church of the Epiphany in Euclid.

The Introit was the traditional “Advent Prose” (Drop down, ye heavens, from above), and the Responses were sung to the famous choral setting by William Smith (1603-1645). The canticles and anthem were composed by “in house” Trinity Cathedral composers. The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis were sung to the  “Trinity Hodie Service” setting by Dr. Judith Eckelmeyer, with Kira McGirr as alto soloist. This highly effective setting uses the musical motive of the “Hodie Christus natus est” plainsong used by Benjamin Britten to begin and end his Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28. The anthem is “A Song of the Wilderness” for choir, organ and French Horn (played by superb French hornist Meghan Guegold). Trinity’s Director of Music, Todd Wilson, was commissioned to write this work a few years ago as a tribute to The Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell upon her retirement as head of the Religion Department at the Chautauqua Institution.

The Trinity Cathedral Choir
Todd Wilson, director

Nicole Keller, organist

Homilist: The Rev. Rosalind Hughes (Rector, Church of the Epiphany, Euclid)

Introit: The Advent Prose

Preces and Responses: William Smith (1603-1645)

Service: Trinity Hodie Service – Judith Eckelmeyer; Kira McGirr, soloist

Anthem: A Song of the Wilderness – Todd Wilson (b. 1954); Meghan Guegold, French Horn

Hymns: 547, 57

Psalm: 29 (Anglican Chant by H.G. Ley)


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




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