It is evening. The lights are dim in the church building.
People gather silently. Some pray. Some read. Some stare at flickering candles. Some meditate.
Then, the choir enters and starts singing. However, it is not the men of the Compline Choir, It is women of the choir of Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore, Washington. And the service is Evening Vespers.
(Sample music in this article was recorded live during services.)
What are Evening Vespers?
The chant Ecce, Deus, in plainsong.
This is the second year that there has been a series of monthly evening vesper services at Church of the Redeemer. The services are similar to compline, but there are some differences from what happens at St. Mark’s Cathedral.
One difference is that these evening vesper services are not strictly lead by the choir. There are some spoken readings. There is also some “audience participation” with singing some of the chants and saying some of the prayers.
One distinctive difference with evening vespers is a five minute of so period of silence. You may silently read Psalms in the Book of Common Prayer available at your seat. You may meditate. You may contemplate the meaning of one of the readings.
What Evening Vespers services are upcoming?
He is the image of the unseen God, by Richard Fabian
The next Evening Vespers at Church of the Redeemer is Sunday, November 1, 2015, at 7:00 pm. This is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge. However, an offering basket is available if you wish to contribute to this music ministry.
Future plans include special evening vespers services for Advent and Christmas. Also, there may be services with male voices in Lent.
If you want more information about the music program at Redeemer, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about activities at Redeemer, send a message to email@example.com or call (425) 486-3777.
Ave Maria in plainsong
Church of the Redeemer
Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.
The Episcopal Church welcomes you.