Evensong and Other Special Services


Evensong and Other Special Services

What is Evensong? Choral Evensong is an informal name for the sung service of Evening Prayer in the Anglican tradition. It is based on the monastic offices of prayer of the medieval church—a combined service of the evening office of Vespers and the nighttime office of Compline—and was incorporated into the first Book of Common Prayer in 1549. Today Evensong is celebrated around the world as a beautiful, contemplative service marking the end of the day and filled with music and prayer, often in the language of those early prayer books.

Since most of the service of Choral Evensong is sung by the choir to musical settings that draw on the rich repertoire of choral music composed specifically for the service, the congregation participates mainly through attentive meditation on the words of Holy Scripture and prayer, either said or set to music. We invite all to celebrate the end of the Lord’s Day in this contemplative service of prayer, music, and reflection.

St. Bartholomew’s celebrates Evensong generally on the first Sunday of the month, October through June. See below for the 2018-19 schedule of dates and music for Evensong and other major liturgies of the church year.  All are invited to the reception following Evensong and most other special services, sponsored by members of the parish and the Hospitality Committee.

Music Offerings 2018-2019


Sunday, October 7, 4 p.m.
Choral Evensong: Gospel and Rhythm
Paul Halley: Hold to God’s Unchangin’ Hand
Mark Hayes: This Little Light of Mine
Paul Sportelli: How Great is Our God

Sunday, November 4, 4 p.m.
Choral Evensong: Musical Theatre
Fiddler on the Roof: Sabbath Prayer
The Lion King: Circle of Life
Shenandoah: Pass the Cross to Me

Sunday, December 9, 4 p.m.
Community Festival of Carols
A new Christmas tradition! A Poway community event
featuring carols both traditional and modern,
and an audience sing-along!

Monday, December 24 - Christmas Eve
4 p.m. Pageant
7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist
Ola Gjeilo: A Spotless Rose
Eric Whitacre: Lux Aurumque


Sunday, January 6, 4 p.m.
Choral Evensong: Women Composers
Stephanie Martin: Ave Verum Corpus
Eleanor Daley: Prayer for Peace
Judith Weir: Magnificat and Nunc DimittisS

Sunday, February 10, 4 p.m.
Choral Evensong: Spirituals
John Rutter: Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
Moses Hogan: Hear my Prayer
John Leavitt: Deep River

Sunday, March 3, 4 p.m.
Choral Evensong: Contemporary Classical
Eriks Esenvalds: Amazing Grace
Morten Lauridsen: Sure on this Shining Night
Karl Jenkins: Movements from ‘The Armed Man’

Sunday, April 7, 4 p.m.
Lenten Masterwork: John Stainer’s ‘The Crucifixion’
Experience John Stainer’s dramatic, contemplative, seldom-performed Romantic masterwork, ‘The Crucifixion’, featuring soloists and orchestra.

Sunday, April 21, 8:45 & 11 a.m.
Easter Sunday
Alleluia! Celebrate the joy of Christ’s resurrection with uplifting music from Handel’s Messiah, and more contemporary selections. Featuring our Festival Brass and String Orchestra.

Sunday, May 5, 4 p.m.
Spring Drama: Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia (Earth Mass)
A new St. Bart’s initiative! Our first annual, all-ages dramatic production will accompany Paul Winter’s choral masterpiece, Missa Gaia (Earth Mass), with themes of preservation and conservation for our modern world.

Sunday, June 2, 4 p.m.
Choral Evensong: Music of the Americas
Rupert Lang: Agneau de Dieu
Aaron Copland: Movements from ‘Four Motets’
Osvaldo Golijov: Movements from
‘La Pasión según San Marcos’