Evening Prayer or Evensong

Evening Prayer or Evensong is a traditional service of praise to God, with verses and prayers that relate to the end of the day.

It is called Evensong if the verses (called ‘canticles’) are sung, Evening Prayer if they are spoken. The verses 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 from either the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) or books of Common Worship (CW).

Evening Prayer or Evensong lasts just over an hour.

When is it on?

Evening Prayer – or Evensong – is on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sunday of every month

It starts at 6.00pm, and is usually at St Bartholomew’s Tardebigge although this can change

Check the Calendar for more details