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Welcome to Evensong Until 1540 Gloucester Cathedral was the Abbey of St Peter, a Benedictine monastery where the ‘opus Dei’, literally ‘the work of God’, was the primary focus of the life of the Abbey. Seven times each day the monks of the community gathered in the Quire to say and to sing the different offices, or services, a tradition which stretched back to the early centuries of the Church. The service of Evensong has its roots in this monastic tradition of worship and is sung or said daily in churches and cathedrals throughout the country.
Henry VIII founded the Diocese of Gloucester in 1541 and St Peter’s Abbey became the Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity. The new foundation made provision for a choir of men and boys to sing the daily offices, the number of which Archbishop Thomas Cranmer reduced to two, Matins and Evensong, in his 1549 Book of Common Prayer.
Evensong is Cranmer’s compilation of the two monastic offices of Vespers and Compline, celebrating the incarnation of Jesus Christ, God coming to us in the person of Jesus. In the Anglican tradition the psalms are chanted and the canticles (the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) are sung to settings by some of the greatest composers from the sixteenth century to the present.
From being a service prayed only by those in monastic life, Evensong became a service for all God’s people who come to worship.
Introduction to Evensong
In the Cathedral we pray at the beginning and end of every day because our lives, our history and our future belong to God. We give thanks for good things, ask for help with difficult things and pray for those in pain and need. We also listen, day-after-day, to words from scripture that tell the great story of what God has done and will do. God is with us in all things and in all places. In this service of Evensong we give God our undivided attention.
“Be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:18-20 The Choir rehearses before the service begins and so could you please wait until this has concluded to allow uninterrupted preparation before entering the Quire. Thank you.
Before the service a short organ voluntary helps us to prepare for worship. All stand as the Choir enters.
On Fridays, the day when we recall Christ’s death on the cross for the world’s salvation, the service begins with the Confession: Confession
A sentence of scripture is said
Minister Dearly beloved,
the Scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge
THE COLLECT FOR PEACE
O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed; Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee we being defended from the fear of our enemies may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
THE COLLECT FOR HELP IN DANGER
Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
be with us all evermore. Amen. Stand A hymn is sung before the Blessing, except on Fridays.
On Sundays a collection is received during the hymn. All remain standing for THE BLESSING The Choir and Clergy process out as the organ is played. On Saturdays, Sundays, and some other days a longer organ voluntary concludes the service. Many people like to stay to listen to this.
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