A Guide to Choral Evensong
Choral Evensong at the Church of the Epiphany is a tiny fragment of something else: it is a part of the worship which is offered to God by Christian people every hour of the day and night, in every part of the world.
When you come to Choral Evensong here, it is as if you were dropping in on a conversation already in progress — a conversation between God and humanity which began long before you were born and which will continue long after your death. So, do not be surprised or disturbed if there are some things which you do not understand immediately. For a brief moment, you step into the continual stream of worship which is being offered today and which will be offered to the end of time. You are one with those who worship here on earth and in heaven.
Choral Evensong is drawn almost entirely from the Bible. Its primary purpose is to proclaim the wonderful works of God in history and in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Its secondary purpose is to evoke from the worshiper a response of praise, penitence, prayer, and obedience.
Much of the English used in this service is the language spoken and written by our ancestors more than four hundred years ago. It may sound old-fashioned but its meaning is not out of date.
adapted from St. Paul’s Cathedral, London