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Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong is the sung Evening Prayer worship service. Evensong, like the other Daily Offices, is drawn almost entirely from the Bible: the Psalms, lessons from the Old and New Testaments, and Canticles (songs of praise from the Scriptures). Music is an integral part of this service. St. Augustine said that prayer that is sung is prayer prayed twice. The music of Evensong is an offering in the same way that the architecture and stained glass of the church are offered. It is finely wrought music that the musician offers to God on behalf of the people of God. Let the prayer and praise of the choir become your own as you approach the presence of God. (Taken from the National Cathedral, Wash. D.C.)


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