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Rector's Reflection

October 18, 2017

 This coming Saturday (October 21) will be our second annual service of Evensong at Wickliffe 

 The service of Evensong is an ancient service, with roots that go far back in this history of the church. Evensong is another name for the service of Evening Prayer found in the Book of Common Prayer. It is one of the three principle liturgies found in the prayer book. (The other two principal liturgies are Matins/Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist.) These three services became the principal liturgies in the Anglican/Episcopal tradition in the year 1549, when the first Book of Common Prayer was authorized for the Church of England. Both Evensong and Matins were adapted by Thomas Cranmer for the first Book of Common Prayer from the monastic offices of prayer in the Medieval English Church. These monastic offices were developed over a thousand-year period from roughly 500 to 1500.

 Evensong continues to be a popular service in churches that are part of the Anglican communion around the world. It’s used in places as diverse as England, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

 Our readings and focus for our Evensong service will be taken from the calendar of observance for saints’ days authorized in the Episcopal church called Holy Women, Holy Men. The closest feast day to October 21st is the Feast of St. James of Jerusalem, the brother of Jesus. We hear some of James’ story in the Acts of the Apostles and in 1 Corinthians, as well as in some early church histories.

 The service is expected to last for approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by a time of fellowship. Please bring your beverage of choice and an appetizer to share. Paper products will be provided.

 Those who are able will gather at Wickliffe Church at 3:30 in order to give the place a bit of a dust and sweep before the service.

 I’m grateful to Colin Greene, who will serve as officiant for the service, to Karen Keating for her musical expertise, to the choir – who will lead our musical offering, and to Robin McFillen who has organized all the details. I look forward to sharing more of James’ story with you in the homily for the evening.

 See you at Wickliffe!


Rev. Fran