Choral Evensong and 150th Anniversary of the Norwegian Church in London


First started as a seafaring chaplaincy based in Rotherhithe, the Norwegian Church has been present in London since 1868.  We are celebrating 150 years with the Bishop of Bergen, the Bishop of Southwark and the Revd Torbjorn Holt, Rector and Senior Chaplain of the Norwegian Church.

 

I Dodici

 

Responses: Reading

 

Psalm: 46

 

Hymns: 354; 436

 

Setting: Stanford in C

 

Anthems: O radiant dawn (James MacMillan), Sing joyfully (William Byrd)

 

For many people, Choral Evensong according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer is a treasure of Church of England liturgy. Its particular choral style is uniquely characteristic of the Anglican Church and draws its origins from the sung liturgies of monastic communities of the early centuries of the church’s life.

On weekdays the service lasts for about 40 minutes (on Sundays it might be 10 minutes longer, when there is a sermon). The service is enveloped by the music of organist and choir which sings verses from scripture, psalms, biblical songs (canticles) and an anthem. Our prayers are inspired and transported by the striking beauty of the words, silences and music, and we add our own voice in saying the Amens and in singing the hymn. It is an ideal way to mark the end of a busy day and the transition into the evening time.