First Sunday of the Month

Experience Choral Evensong in the stunning surroundings of St Mary’s Church, Whitkirk.

Evening Prayer is a liturgy used in the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion. The service is a combination of two of the seven services (or offices) that made up the daily round of monastic prayer, namely the evening offices of Vespers and Compline.

Evening Prayer is also known as Evensong especially when most of the service is sung. Choral Evensong is one of the glories of church choral music. At St Mary’s the pattern of this service follows the liturgy of Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer of 1662.

Choral Evensong at St Mary’s Whitkirk takes place on the first Sunday of the month at 6.00pm. The service includes three congregational hymns, two lessons (one reading from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament), a sermon and prayers. The choir sing a psalm, an anthem and a choral setting of the evening canticles (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis).

The canticles are sung to a different music setting each month. The following settings are sung at St Mary’s:

  • Brewer in E♭
  • Dyson in F
  • Harwood in A♭
  • Ilorio (plainsong with fauxbourdons)
  • Moeran in D
  • Morley (plainsong with fauxbourdons)
  • Noble in B minor
  • Stanford in B♭
  • Stanford in C
  • Willan in E♭

There are light refreshments in church after Evensong.

All welcome.

Up to date details of all the choral music to be sung at services at St Mary’s may be found on the ‘Choral Services’ page of this website, and also on our page at Choral Evensong.

To find any Choral Evensong service taking place across the British Isles, please click here.