Choral Evensong


Chorus Angelorum, a semi-professional choir, founded by Ed Franklin in 2000, has been in residence at Our Lady of Walsingham since September of 2005 and has offered a regular schedule of Choral Evensong since that time.

Choral Evensong is a traditional Anglican liturgy of devotion. As originally intended in the Anglican church, Evening Prayer, similar to Vespers in the Catholic Church, would have been said on a daily basis as a private devotion, with or without a priest. As it is offered today, it consists of prayers of penitence and absolution, scripture readings from the Old and New Testaments, including the Psalter, responsive prayers and collects. When this Daily Office is sung, it is called Choral Evensong,  with appropriate hymns and anthems added to the traditional sung portions of the service.

The book of Common Prayer of 1662, similar to the 1928 Prayer Book is used for our Evensong services. The language of the Prayer Book has inspired some of the greatest choral music written for the Church in the past 450 years and remains a valuable source for contemporary composers.

For Ed Franklin, the founding director of Chorus Angelorum, Choral Evensong is best expressed in Psalm 96:9 “O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth stand in awe of Him.”

Several years ago Dr. Clint Brand, Professor of English at University of St. Thomas, wrote a succinct and informative booklet called “Anatomy of an Evensong” for Chorus Angelorum propaganda table at the annual Conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians held in Houston a few years ago.

For a schedule of Evensong, and more information about their summer workshops and summer residencies in England, go to Chorus Angelorum website.




Please plan on joining us for this beautiful prayer service. The public is invited to a reception following Evensong  hosted by the Hospitality Guild of Our Lady of Walsingham Church  celebrating  our Anglican patrimony which certainly includes  hospitality and fellowship!