Evensong Reflections: the Vicar Choral

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8:00am Eucharist
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12:30pm Eucharist
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5:00pm Choral Evensong

Evensong Reflections: the Vicar Choral

"Whatever you believe, Evensong is an opportunity to detach from the modern world for a short while, to quiet the mind, breathe in and out, to marvel at the beauty of the sacred space around you and feel connected to something greater than ourselves."

Choral Evensong is an integral part of our country's rich musical and religious heritage. It is a rare opportunity in busy modern London to connect with our shared history through a service that has remained nearly the same in its basics since the day of Elizabeth I, but continues to flower as a living tradition in the cathedrals and parish churches. It's an unusual thing to encounter words written in 1662 with music that may have been written as recently as 2018 - it manages to be ancient and modern all at once. 

At the beginning of every Evensong that I take part in, I feel absolutely connected to my predecessors as Vicars Choral; those who have stood in the same spaces in the choir, singing the same words over hundreds of years. Evensong provides an opportunity to listen in on a beautiful stream of prayer in music ̶ and one of the things that makes it so special is that it feels so intimate and approachable, even though it is taking place in the grandeur of St Paul's. Whatever you believe, Evensong is an opportunity to detach from the modern world for a short while, to quiet the mind, breathe in and out, to marvel at the beauty of the sacred space around you and feel connected to something greater than ourselves. I can come into Evensong really struggling with my daily preoccupations, and through the calm rhythm of the words and music, I come out feeling refreshed and ready to re-join the rush.

Carris Jones, Alto Vicar Choral