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.

February

1 The Presentation of Our Lord
The Rev. Canon Kay Rackley
Trinity Cathedral Choir Service: Howells “Collegium Regale”

8 Martyrs of Japan
Mr. Chris Decatur
Trinity Chamber Singers Service: Dyson in D

15 Thomas Bray
The Rev. Rosalind Hughes
Trinity Cathedral Choir Service: Dyson in F

22 St. Matthias the Apostle
The Rev. Dr. Brian Wilbert
Trinity Chamber Singers Service: Byrd Faburden Service

March

1 Ash Wednesday
Services at 7:30 a.m., noon and 6:00 p.m.
(Cathedral Choir at 6:00 p.m. service)

8 Perpetua
The Rev. Lisa O’Rear
Trinity Chamber Singers
Service: Rubbra in A-flat
15 Patrick
The Rev. Gayle Catinella
Illuminare Chamber Choir
Service: Carson Cooman

22 Thomas Cranmer
The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr.
High voices of the Cathedral Choir &
Chamber Singers
Philip Moore: Second Service

29 Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbraes
Margaret Carpenter Haigh &
Madeline Apple Healey, sopranos
(special musical offering at 6 p.m.
in place of Evensong)

April

5 Pandita Mary Ramabi
The Rev. Vincent Black
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Service: Ireland in F

12 Holy Week
Tenebrae Service at 6:00 p.m.
Trinity Chamber Singers sing music
by Victoria and Allegri

19 Hildegard von Bingen:
Ordo Virtutum
Christine Jay, soprano
(special musical offering at 6 p.m.
in place of Evensong)

26 Catherine of Sienna
The Rev. Charlotte Collins Reed
Trinity Chamber Singers
Service: Mathias “Jesus College”

May

3 Athanasius
The Rev. Jimmy Madsen
The Choir of 1st Lutheran Church, Lorain Service: Heinrich Schütz

10 Dame Julian of Norwich
The Rev. Keith Owen
Trinity Chamber Singers Service: Stanford in A

17 Thurgood Marshall
The Rt. Rev. Arthur Williams Trinity Cathedral Choir
Service: Howells “Gloucester”

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
Feb. 5
March 5
April 2
May 7

Saturday, February 11
Conclusion of Treblefest, directed by
Kevin Kwan, Director of Music at
Christ & St. Luke’s Church, Norfolk VA
Evensong at 3:00 p.m.