the quiet gift of evensong

Evening Light (Vasili Nesterenko)

As I prepare to officiate my last Evensong at St. Paul’s, I sense the deep roots of this gentle liturgy. Chanted and sung in cathedral and mission for hundreds of years, we come together, grateful for the day’s end and humble as we pray for a peaceful night.

While choosing prayers, I came across one to share —

Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of all, creator of the changes of day and night, giving rest to the weary, renewing the strength of those who are spent, bestowing
upon us occasions of song in the evening. As you have protected us in the day that is past, so be with us in the coming night; keep us from every sin, every evil, and every fear; for you are our light and salvation, and the strength of our life. In your glory. Amen. (BCP pg.113 adapted for inclusion)

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