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.

2018 Spring Choral Evensong Schedule

February

7 Cornelius the Centurion
The Rev. Dr. Paul Gaston
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Service: Friedell in F

14 Ash Wednesday
The Rt. Rev. Mark
Services at 7:30 a.m., noon and 6:00 p.m.
(The Cathedral Choir sings music by Allegri and Farrant at 6:00 p.m. service)”

21 John Henry Newman
The Rev. Rosalind Hughes
Trinity Chamber Singers
Service: “Great Service”

28 George Herbert
The Rev. Dr. Paul Gaston
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Service: “Gloucester Service”

March

7 Wm. W. Mayo & Charles Menninger
The Rev. John Drymon
Trinity Chamber Singers
Farrant “Short Service”

14 James Theodore Holly
The Rev. Canon Kay Rackley
Low voices of the Cathedral Choir & Chamber Singers
Service: John West in C

 

21 Thomas Cranmer
The Rev. Dr. Paul Gaston
Trinity Chamber Singers
Service: Purcell in B-flat

 

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

April

4 No Evensong Easter Week

11 George Augustus Selwyn
The Rev. Peter Faass
Trinity Chamber Singers
Service: Rubbra in A-flat

18 Alphege
The Rev. Charlotte Collins Reed
High voices of the Cathedral Choir & Chamber Singers
Service: Jackson in C

25 St. Mark the Evangelist
The Rt. Rev. Arthur Williams
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Service: Kelly in C

May

2 St. Philip & St. James, Apostles
The Rev. Rosalina Rivera
The Choir of First Lutheran Church, Lorain
Service: Brian Wentzel

9 Ascension Eve
The Rev. Gayle Catinella
Illuminare Chamber Choir, Youngstown
Service: Stainer in B-flat

16 Martyrs of the Sudan
The Rev. Dr. Paul Gaston
Trinity Chamber Singers
Service: Stanford in A

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
January 7
February 4
March 4
May 6