Evensong Reflections from the Dean's Virger

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Evensong Reflections from the Dean's Virger

"It is a time to contemplate what has been and what may be to come, to be taken out of ourselves through music, words and the beauty of the place and to sense a wider perspective than ourselves." 

Evensong is one of a number of still points that takes place within the bustle and movement of a busy day. We open our doors at 7 o’clock in the morning and our day begins with Morning Prayer, not knowing what the day may bring, or who will visit us, or how the things they see, hear and experience will touch them. But we do know, that whatever thoughts or feelings or concerns they may bring with them, every single person is of infinite value, and a member of a wider family of all those who have come before us.

Hourly prayers and moments of stillness punctuate the day, the heartbeat of the Cathedral through prayer. As the day turns to evening, we close the day with those who have been with us or have just arrived, and those who through the centuries have marked the ending of the day in the same way in this place and on this site. It is a time to contemplate what has been and what may be to come, to be taken out of ourselves through music, words and the beauty of the place and to sense a wider perspective than ourselves. To be open to the widest perspective of all; the one in which we live and move and have our being.

Charles Williams, Dean's Virger