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Evensong, a fusion of the monastic prayer offices Vespers and Compline, is one of the greatest treasures of the Anglican tradition. Presented by Saint Stephen’s Choir of Men & Boys, the service begins at 6pm and ordinarily lasts about 40 minutes.

Please note that, while our monthly evensong is usually offered on the First Sunday of the month, due to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, this month’s service has been deferred to the SECOND Sunday.

This month’s service will reflect the mystery and anticipation of the Advent season.

Visitors of all faiths are always heartily welcomed to join us in prayer, and all are invited to remain for a light reception following the service. Admission is free of charge, however a freewill offering will be received in aid of the choir’s charity, the Christ Child Society of Baltimore.

PLEASE NOTE:
Due to a printer malfunction, we are unable to provide leaflets for this service. Should you wish to BYOP (Bring Your Own Programme), a pdf is available for download:

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Sunday, 8 DecemberAdvent II
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6 pm – Choral Evensong
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responsesPalestrina
psalm 25 Veni Emmanuel
canticles tones iv 3, vii 1
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anthem The angel Gabriel from heaven came arr. Pettman
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hymns Come thou, Redeemer of the earth Puer nobis
hymns Creator of the stars of night Conditor alme
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Sunday, 15 DecemberAdvent III
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11 am – Choral Mattins
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responsesplainchant
psalm 22:22–32 Tonus Peregrinus A
canticles tones viii 2, iv 3, vii 1
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anthem A tender shoot Goldschmidt
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hymns 6 Conditor alme
hymns 10 Winchester New
hymns 8 Verbum supernum
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Sunday, 22 DecemberAdvent IV
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11 am – Choral Mattins
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introit O Rex gentium plainchant
responsesPalestrina
psalm 80 tone iv 4
benedictus Tonus Peregrinus C
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anthem Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming Praetorius
hymns 2 Veni Emmanuel
hymns 9 Merton
hymns 6 Conditor alme
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Tuesday, 24 DecemberChristmas Eve
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10.30 pm – Carols
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hymn Once in royal David’s city Irby, arr. Cleobury
carol Gabriel’s Message Basque traditional, arr. Pettman
carol A Tender Shoot Goldschmidt
hymn The first nowell arr. Willcocks
carol A great and mighty wonder 14th c. German, arr. Praetorius
hymn Good Christian men, rejoice In dulci jubilo, arr. Stainer
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11 pm – Choral Eucharist
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propersPlainchant
mass Short Service in E Batten
anthem Ding! dong! merrily on high Tabourot, arr. Wood
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carol Adeste fideles Wade, arr. Willcocks
hymn While shepherds watched Winchester Old, arr. Adric
sequence Lætabundus Sarum chant, 11th cent.
motet O magnum mysterium Victoria
hymn Stille nacht Gruber
carol Hark! the herald angels sing Mendelssohn, arr. Willcocks
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Sunday, 5 January 2020
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6 pm – A Festival of Lessons & Carols for Epiphany Eve
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