Trinity Compline - Various Dates
Compline originated and was developed in southern Europe and the Middle East during the first 600 years of Christianity. At first, it was offered primarily by the monastic communities, but as Christian influence spread throughout Europe and the Mediterranean Sea, the daily offices found a place in local liturgical settings.
The Episcopal Church increasingly has also discovered the richness of the brief noonday and late Offices only since forms for these services appeared in The Book of Common Prayer, 1979. These "little offices", like Compline, were historically owned exclusively by set-apart religious communities and now have been claimed by the Church at large. The chanted liturgy and music of these services adds considerable beauty and depth of expression to the words we pray.
Choral Evensong - Various Dates
Choral Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) is offered in the Church at various times during the year.
Trinity Choir leads this beautiful liturgy including a sung setting of the Preces and Responses as well as the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis canticles. In addition an anthem is offered. Typically our rector or another priest from the parish community is cantor for the service. A pre-service concert is somtimes offered before the service by a guest artist or ensemble.
What is Evensong?
Evensong in Trinity Church is a very tiny fragment of something else: it is a fragment of the worship which is offered to God by Christian people, every hour of the twenty-four, in every part of the world. When you come to Evensong at Trinity Church, it is as if you were dropping in on a conversation already in progress - a conversation between God and His people which began long before we were born, and will go on long after we are dead.
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.
The service is in three parts: The first part (which is quite brief) prepares the worshipper for the story which is to follow. The second part is the narrative of God’s redeeming work, heard in the singing of psalms, canticles (Magnificat and Nunc dimittis), and readings from Holy Scripture, which reaches its climax in the affirmation of faith (Apostle’s Creed). The third part is our response to the God who has revealed Himself in history, in Jesus Christ, and in the Church. All are welcome to join us for this special worship opportunity!Choral Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) is offered in the Church at various times during the year.
Trinity Choir leads this beautiful liturgy including a sung setting of the Preces and Responses as well as the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis canticles. In addition an anthem is offered. Typically our rector or another priest from the parish community is cantor for the service. A pre-service concert is sometimes offered before the service by a guest artist or ensemble.
Evening Prayer - Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
A service of devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. In this service a large Host is placed in the luna of a monstrance on the altar so that the Host is visible to the congregation. The Host is censed while it is in the monstrance and used to bless the congregation by making the sign of the cross over the people. This service includes prayers and one or more hymns that emphasize the Incarnation and Christ's real presence in the sacrament of the Eucharist. The Host is returned to the tabernacle at the end of the service. The BCP makes no provision for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, but it may be seen in parishes with an Anglo-Catholic piety