Join us on September 24 at 5:00 p.m. for evensong with our new rector, the Rev. Dr. John McCard. Since Old Testament times, the people of God have offered praise and prayers as the day draws to an end. The practice of evening prayer continued among the first Christians, and it became a pivotal part of the developing liturgy of the church. In the sixth century, St. Benedict laid down an order for evening prayer, which has been followed in monastic communities, cathedrals and parish churches ever since. The core of evening prayer consists of a hymn, psalms, a reading from Scripture, the Song of Mary (Magnificat), the Song of Simeon (Nunc dimittis), the Lord’s Prayer and concluding prayers. Hymns are sung at the beginning and end of the service and the congregation is invited join in heartily. As the choirs sings other parts of the service, the congregation is invited to listen, reflectively, prayerfully, as the words are offered on their behalf.