"A quiet, reflective occasion and an ideal space for contemplation".
Evening Prayer in the Church of England has ancient roots. Its predecessor, Evensong, was created by Thomas Cranmer in the 16th century from the sevenfold monastic cycle of prayer by combining the offices of Vespers and Compline. Evensong is sung daily in most cathedrals (see photo).
The modern form of Evening Prayer includes Bible readings, a reflection or sermon, songs or hymns, prayers and canticles. Canticles, which are usually Biblical texts, may be said together, read by the service leader, or sung to various styles of music.
In keeping with all our other evening services, Evening Prayer is a quiet, reflective occasion, an ideal space for contemplation.