Evensong is the sung Anglican office of Evening Prayer which combines the Latin offices of Vespers and Compline, a liturgy more than 400 years old and one of the Church of England’s unique contributions to Western civilization. The United Methodist Church originally began as a renewal movement within the Church of England, in the mid-1700’s.
Evidence of the genius of Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556), Archbishop of Canterbury, the words of this liturgy have been set to music by some of the Church’s greatest composers. Although Evensong is a choral office intended to be sung by the choir, the congregation also participates actively. The service also provides an unparalleled opportunity for meditation.
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