July 22, 2011

Evening Prayer: A New YouTube Play List

Our Virtual Music Director @Rob_Mus introduces the Abbey's latest play list. Please check out all of our play lists when you visit us @ YouTube .

Evensong is a thoroughly Anglican tradition, a sung Vespers service and celebrated between 4:00 and 6:00 PM. 

Traditional Evensong opens and closes with an organ Voluntary, also known as the Prelude and Postlude. In between, the choir and/or congregation sings a few hymns, a choral anthem or two, chanted psalms and the Evening Canticles (songs that have texts from Holy Scripture).

Despite its name, Choral Evensong usually include some spoken parts. Included in these newly-added play lists are only the music portions to make it easier to listen along while praying with The Virtual Abbey.

Evening canticles are almost always the Magnificat (the Song of Mary) and the Nunc Dimittis (the Song of Simeon). Since there are (conservatively counting) about a billion versions of these two canticles, we've included three different settings in our play list.

Because this play list is not a conventional Evensong, we call it simply Evening Prayer. We hope you'll find it a thoughtful, prayerful and satisfying accompaniment to our Abbey prayers, or anytime you listen.


Image: Rose Window at Washington National Cathedral
Courtesy of Brian J. Collins

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