2019 Fall Choral Evensong Schedule

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. on first Wednesdays.

October

2 George Kennedy Allen Bell
The Very Rev. Bernard J. Owens
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Service: Noble in A minor

9 Wilfred Thomason Grenfel
The Rev. David Bargetzi
Trinity Chamber
Singers Tallis: Short Service

16 Teresa of Avila
The Rev. Keith Owen
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Service: Stanford in B-flat

23 St. James of Jerusalem
The Very Rev. Bernard J. Owens
Trinity Chamber Singers
Service: Harwood in A-flat

30 The Vigil of All Saints
Trinity Chamber Singers
G. Ives: Edington
Service Howells: Requiem

November

6 William Temple
The Rev. Adrienne Koch
High voices of the Cathedral
Choir Moore : Second Service

13 Margaret, Queen of Scotland
The Rev. Dr. Brian Wilbert
Choristers of St. Paul’s, Cleveland Heights
Service: Bairstow in E-flat

20 St. Cecilia
The Very Rev. John Downey
Trinity Chamber Singers
Tallis Fauxbourdon Service
Britten: A Hymn to St. Cecilia

27 No Evensong in Thanksgiving Week

December

4 John of Damascus
The Rev. Rosalind Hughes
Trinity Cathedral Choir
Eckelmeyer: Trinity Hodie Service

11 Thomas Merton
The Very Rev. Bernard J. Owens
Men of the Cathedral Choir
Service: Dyson in C minor

Other evening services at Trinity Cathedral include:

5 p.m. Solemn Sung Eucharist
Held on the first Sundays at 5 p.m.:
Oct. 6, Nov 3, Dec. 1 and Jan. 5

Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Fall Choral Concert
The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, England
Stephen Layton, conductor
Free admission
(a collection will be taken)

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