Evensong for Everyone
Sunday, May 1st, 2022
4:45 pm Organ Prelude Recital
5:10 pm Service Begins
Join us for our next Choral Evensong on Sunday, May 1st, 2022. Prelude Recital begins at 4:45 pm and Liturgy begins at 5:10 pm. Evensong Service will stream LIVE on YouTube. (www.youtube.com/SJCKnox)
Featuring Organ Prelude Recital by guest organist, Paul Thomas,
Director of Music of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, TN
As Director of Music, Paul’s focus is to share the living tradition of Anglican music and liturgy, and lead the congregation in making beautiful music unto the Lord. Paul holds degrees in organ performance from Furman and Yale Universities, and earned the Certificate in Church Music Studies from Yale. Before coming to St. Paul’s, Paul served at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke & St. Paul in Charleston, SC and the Episcopal Church at Yale. Aside from music, Paul enjoys playing golf, doing projects around the house, and spending time with his wife Meredith and their children Graham and Eloise.
What is Evensong?
Choral Evensong grew out of the monastic tradition of chanting psalms and praying as a community several times each day. At the time of the creation of the first Anglican Book of Common Prayer, the monastic offices of Vespers and Compline were combined to form Evening Prayer. The convention of singing the service led to the name Evensong (as in Evening Prayer Sung). The service is unique to English cathedrals and collegiate choirs, a tradition that continues to thrive and develop. This contemplative service opens a window into the eternal through the lens of music. A mystical encounter with the sacred finds its voice in the English choral tradition.