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“Peace which the world cannot give”

The picture here is from one of the stained-glass windows on the north wall of the nave, and the quote is from the Collect for Peace, the next-to-last Collect sung by the choir at the Office of Choral Evensong. Evensong (as it was called in the first Book of Common Prayer in 1549) became known as Evening Prayer in 1552 and subsequent editions. It is the service in our daily prayers which replaces the pre-Reformation service of Vespers, to be said or sung when evening falls. When a choir sings Choral Evensong, you could roughly follow along using a prayer book from the back of your pew, but the choir will sing the liturgy from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer for the Church of England.

Schola Cantorum of the Diocese of the East Carolina was formed in 1990 to sing Evensong across the Diocese and to sing at special Diocesan events. They were at Liverpool Cathedral last summer and completed a tour of churches in New Jersey and New York City the summer before. The group is mostly made up of organists and choirmasters but also accepts other members with sufficient choral training.

Schola will be with us on June 4 at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate the Feast of the Pentecost and the beginning of Ray Hanna’s journey with us. Of course, Fr. Ray began that journey over a year ago, but it takes a while to line the group up. Please join us for worship and peaceful reflection as the light of late day floods through the stained glass to illuminate our beautiful space, and take this opportunity to hear a fine choir at work. A reception will follow.