The Beginning of Evensong 2019

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.

2 thoughts on “The Beginning of Evensong 2019

  1. Being a Lutheran, I’m not entirely familiar with the concept of Evensong. From what I’ve been able to understand from information on the internet, the closest thing we have to it is our Lenten vesper services during Lent. That’s really cool, though, that you have a trip that ties so much to fellowship and worship!

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    • I didn’t know about Evensong until I heard about the Bristol Pilgrimage. Most of the church services during that trip were Evensong.

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