Evensong presented at St. Mary of the Hills

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Article Published: Jun. 20, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 24, 2013
Evensong presented at St. Mary of the Hills

The choir of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will present the first choral evensong of the season June 23.

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The choir of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will present the first choral evensong of the season this Sunday afternoon, June 23, at 3:30 p.m. in the nave of the church, followed by a reception and slide show of its recent study trip to Cambridge, England.

Service music will include the setting of the “Magnificat and Nunc dimittis” by Friedell and “Preces and Responses” by Tim Brown. The anthem will be “Os Justi” by Bruckner.

The choir of St. Mary’s sings Evensong one Sunday every month through October, and everyone is welcome. Donations support the choral scholarship program at St. Mary of the Hills that provides financial support to students and budding young singers in exchange for vocal contributions to the choir.

The service of Evensong (or Evening Prayer) combines elements of two services, Vespers and Compline, which were part of the seven-service daily cycle of prayer in monasteries.

It is said or sung every day in the cathedrals and collegiate churches of England, as well as in this country since 1785.

The service is a fragment of the worship offered to God by Christian people at every hour in every part of the world. The form of the service has changed little since the 16th century, but the content dates back much earlier — to the Psalms, the hymnbook of the Jewish temple and the Canticles (“Magnificat and Nunc dimittis”), which are taken from the New Testament.

According to St. Mary of the Hills, “The service is a lovely, contemplative way to end the day.”
St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church is located at 140 Chestnut Drive in Blowing Rock.

For more information, call (828) 295-7323.

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