On January 20th, Evensong started up. I do not know when I first started to go to Evensong. The first one was to get ready for the Bristol Pilgrimage. I did not know if I wanted to go to all of the church services on that trip.
Westminster (August 1st)- that was our first Evensong during the Bristol Pilgrimage. All of the pilgrims sat in the quire. We saw a sample of what was to happen at Bristol Cathedral. The main difference was the choir. At Bristol Cathedral- the choir would be the adult choir at my family church: that is why the Bristol Pilgrimage happened.
Bristol Cathedral- The choir sang six Evensongs and one Eucharist. I was surprised I went all of the church services. Back in London, I already went to Evensong at Westminster and Eucharist at St. Paul’s Cathedral. In addition, one of the days, the choir had a day off, and the pilgrims went to Salisbury and went to Evensong at Salisbury Cathedral. Do you how I knew how impactful going to all 10 church services were? It was at the last Evensong- at the anthem, in the middle, I started crying. That reaction was enough to tell how just how transforming the entire trip was (that trip I went to all ten church services)- my tears weren’t of sad- my tears were tears of joy.
Back to Evensong on January 20th. Each time I go to Evensong in Charlotte, I connect to Bristol. I am nervous leaving London and going to Bristol. What was nice about Bristol is what we go could walk from the hotel to the cathedral. All the week went up, I learned to love the town Bristol more and more. The picture above is a Shaun the Sheep statue in front Bristol Cathedral. Evensong represents the Bristol Pilgrimage- in so many ways. The church services were only parts of the Bristol Pilgrimage- Tintern Abbey, Chepstow Castle, Bath, Old Sarum, Stonehenge, etc…. were in there as well. Evensong to me will be connect back to the Bristol Cathedral.