St. Luke's Holds Choral of Evensong

The Rector and Choir of St. Luke's in Chester invite you to a Service of Choral Evensong on All Saints' Day, Sunday, November 1 at 4 p.m., preceded by an organ and flute recital at 3:45.

Guest flutist Jyoti Knisely will join organist Martha Stretton for this special presentation of instrumental music before the service begins.

Evensong was created by Thomas Cranmer from the sevenfold monastic cycle of prayer - the two offices of Vespers and Compline are combined and set to serene music.

Using the liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer, the officiant, choir and congregation make their evening prayers together, chanting the beloved canticles, the Magnificat and the Nunc dimittis. The liturgy also includes prayers of intercession and thanksgiving, Old and New Testament readings, a hymn, and an anthem.

There are many settings of the traditional hymns and canticles of Evensong. On this next All Saints' Day, St. Luke's choir will be using a Phos Hilaron setting by Richard Proulx and a Magnificat setting by James Chepponis, both of which will engage the congregation and feature the flute.

A reception in Willard Hall follows the service.

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