Choral evensong

York Minster smallRecently when I was working in York I went to choral evensong at York Minster. The building is beautiful and the choir was outstandingly good. But what struck me most was not the imposing surroundings or the quality of the music but the content of the service. You don’t get a brief bible reading – you get whole chapters from both the Old Testament and the New Testament, and long extracts from the psalms appointed for the day, as well as the regular items like the Magnificat, the Lord’s prayer, the creed and so on.

If you listen to what these say you get an idea of the church’s message (and presumably God’s priorities) that is very different from what is often portrayed.

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