An Anglican Tradition Comes to St. Paul’s Church

Doug Craig, Xavier Hernandez, Ramiro Granados

By Mireille Rita Grovier, photo by Jay Grovier

On Sunday, February 11, the last Sunday of Epiphany, at 5pm, the public is invited to experience the spiritual splendor and music of evensong. Evensong is the sung form of daily Evening Prayer, one of the four daily prayer liturgies, or offices, in the Book of Common Prayer (1979). The daily offices date back to the earliest days of the church.

In the Anglican tradition, Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer were created by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer for the first Anglican prayer book in 1549. The tradition of evensong has been especially strong in the great musical tradition of the Church of England, particularly in cathedrals and collegiate chapels such as King’s College, Cambridge.

Evensong will offer the unique opportunity for prayer, with music especially chosen to envelop the participants in a more profound understanding of the mysteries of the Christian faith. Featured for this liturgy will be the music of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872‒1958). His versatile musical compositions, strongly influenced by Tudor music and English folk songs, were written over a period of fifty years. Hymns and large-scale choral pieces are included among his works.

Bishop William Gregg, rector of St. Paul’s, will preside. The idea for this evensong came from parishioner Doug Craig. Craig is a member of the choir and the vestry at St. Paul’s. Having sung in church choirs since he was in the fourth grade, including evensong, Craig wanted to bring this uniquely Anglican experience to San Miguel. Prior to his contributions to St. Paul’s, Craig was a member of the St. Peter’s Choir in Lewes, Delaware, the companion parish to St. Paul’s.

T.J. Thomas, Music Minister of St. Peter’s, is also collaborating with Craig, providing music and musical advice. Directing the St. Paul’s Choir will be Xavier Hernandez. Ramiro Granados, organist at St. Paul’s, will play for the liturgy.

“I am very appreciative of Doug’s initiative and enthusiasm for this evensong. St. Augustine of Hippo once said, ‘He who sings prays twice.’ Evensong is a beautiful and powerful way for us to gather and ‘pray twice,’”

All are invited to come and “pray twice” with us.

 

Religious Service

Evensong: An Anglican Tradition Comes to St. Paul’s Church

With Bishop William Gregg

Sun, Feb 11, 5pm

St. Paul’s Church

Cardo 6

152 2032

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