Evensong at St Paul’s

Saturday evening Pandora and I attended evensong at St Paul’s.

Evensong was created by Thomas Cranmer from the sevenfold monastic cycle of prayer – the two offices of Vespers and Compline are combined. It is sung daily in most Cathedrals, and is similar in the text to Mattins.

Evensong is a ritual, an invocation to help the invisible to cross the transition zone and manifest in the visible world.

We were lucky, we were at the front under the dome.

Looking up I could see the church was dripping with wealth. Contributions from the City Guilds, the forerunners of today’s City Institutions.

It was the second day after St Paul’s had been closed for a week, not that anyone seemed to know why it was closed.

The sermon was surreal. Greed and wealth and poverty, and yet no mention of the camp outside, no mention or explanation of why St Paul’s had been closed for a week, no explanation why St Paul’s would wish to take legal action against the camp outside.

The church was a full house. The camp outside was not impeding access or discouraging people from attending evensong.

Whilst St Paul’s was closed Flash Evensong organised evensong on the steps of St Paul’s.

Flash Evensong at St Paul’s-in-the-Camp

Earlier in the day we had attended Sermon on the Steps.

Sermon on the Steps at St Paul’s in-the-Camp

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3 Responses to “Evensong at St Paul’s”

  1. Claire Quaid Says:

    Thanks. Was great to read this article by someone who had actually visited the protest. Interesting times for the church of England.

  2. keithpp Says:

    Yes, probably a pleasant change from the garbage in the mainstream media who simply make it up.

  3. jgottling Says:

    Wrote to you in Paulo Coelhos family …. wish you a great day 🙂

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