Evening Prayer or Evensong

Evening Prayer or Evensong is similar to Morning Prayer (or Matins) as a traditional service of praise to God, but with verses and prayers that relate to the end of the day.

It is usually known as Evensong if there is a choir and the verses are sung, and Evening Prayer if the verses are spoken.

The verses (called ‘canticles’) might be better known than the morning ones, as they include:

  • the ‘Magnificat’ – Mary’s song of praise in the Bible that begins ‘My soul does magnify the Lord’
  • the ‘Nunc dimittis’ – the Latin words sung in English as: ‘Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace’.

The service also has a short sermon, a psalm, hymns and prayers.

At Tardebigge the service lasts just over an hour, and uses the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) more often than Common Worship (CW).

When is it on?

Evening Prayer or Evensong is at 6.00pm on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sunday of the month, usually at St Bartholomew’s Tardebigge.

Click here for the Calendar, to confirm the date and venue of the next service.