The St Nicholas News

Coming up - Choral Evensong

The Anglican Church in Finland is excited to celebrate and share with the community the centuries-old tradition of Choral Evensong.

The Evensong service will be held at the Church of the Diakonissalaitos (Diakonissalaitoksen kirkko) in Helsinki this coming Sunday, 1st November at 18.00. Address: Diakonissalaitoksen kirkko, Alppikatu 2, 00530 Helsinki.

A distinctive feature of the Anglican tradition, Choral Evensong is a solemn and prayerful service of chant, larger choral works written to specific texts which are included in every service (such as the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis), hymns, and biblical readings. As is customary, much of the service is sung by the choir alone. The congregation is invited to immerse themselves in the meditative atmosphere and sublime sound aesthetic of the music sung by the choir thereby instilling a silent, reflective, and profoundly personal offering of praise.

At this service of Choral Evensong, the choir will sing the music of William Byrd, Herbert Howells, and Henry Purcell.

It is our hope that this evening service will become a monthly occurrence in Helsinki by the Anglican Church in Finland.