Evensong in St Mary Bradoc is a tiny fragment of something else; it is a part of the worship which is offered to God by Christian people every hour of the day and night, in every part of the world.
Evensong is drawn almost entirely from the Bible. Its primary purpose is to proclaim the wonderful works of God in history and in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Its secondary purpose is to evoke from the worshipper a response of praise, penitence, prayer, and obedience.
Much of the English of the service is the language spoken and written by our ancestors more than four hundred years ago when the Church of England was established and written in the Book of Common Prayer. We hear it here today in a medieval setting that was already old when it was written. It may sound old fashioned, but its meaning is not out of date.
Our Choral Evensong was developed during the COVID Pandemic, and the music uses recordings of the great choirs of our national church.
This week we explore the music of Percy Whitlock