FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, OCTOBER–JUNE, 4:30 P.M., LIVE ON THE CATHEDRAL'S LIVESTREAM PAGE
The ancient practice of singing evening prayers is a longstanding tradition in cathedrals throughout the world, particularly those of the Anglican tradition. The Saint Mark’s Evensong Choir, an intergenerational choir of children, teenagers, and adults, offers this beautiful service once a month. All are welcome.
After the closure of the cathedral building due to the pandemic, some scheduled Evensong services continued to be offered, livestream-only, with a choir of eight singers, safely distanced in the cathedral's large, well-ventilated space.
In late November of 2020, the governor's restrictions on singing in religious services that previously applied only to services open to the public were extended to apply to livestream-only services as well, and so Evensong liturgies since then have been offered with a soloist leading hymns, incorporating video of canticles and anthems drawn from the liturgy archive.
All these services may be seen on this page, below.
About the Evensong Choir
This ensemble consists of advanced Choristers and members of the Schola of the Choir School, plus twelve to twenty auditioned adult singers. They offer Choral Evensong in the English Cathedral tradition on the first Sunday of the month at 4:30 p.m., October through May or June, and sing occasional special liturgies at Christmas and in Holy Week. This choir served as Choir in Residence for a week at Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London, and a week at Ely Cathedral, in July, 2018. They anticipate additional residencies in English cathedrals approximately every three years.
Saint Mark's Evensong Choir pictured in the stalls of Ely Cathedral, U.K., during their residency there in the summer of 2018.
Upcoming Evensong Services, 2021
FIRST SUNDAYS, OCTOBER–JUNE 4:30 P.M.
- March 7 - The Third Sunday in Lent
- * Note: There will be no Evensong on Easter Day, April 4, 2021.
- May 2 - The Fifth Sunday of Easter
- June 6 - The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, observed
Special Lenten Wednesday Evensong, Led by Choristers of the Choir School
WEDNESDAYS IN LENT, BEGINNING FEBRUARY 24, 4:30 P.M., join using this Zoom link
During the season of Lent, the choristers of the Choir School will host a weekly Evensong service over Zoom on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome! Take a break in your week to be lead in prayer by the voices of our cathedral choristers. (Daily Evening Prayer continues at 6:30 p.m. as usual.) Join using this Zoom link.
Although these services are led by the choristers of the choir school, they are very much a worship service for the entire congregation, of all ages.
These services will be offered at 4:30 p.m. on:
- February 24
- March 3
- March 10
- March 70
- March 24