Singing to the Heavens

St. Paul's

Choral Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral is an experience that brings tears to our eyes and goosebumps to our arms.   Choral Evensong has been sung daily at St. Paul’s for almost 1,000 years, with the original church on the site dating back to 604 AD.

The first time we went to Evensong at St. Paul’s was last February, we didn’t think it could get any better, but it did.  We arrived early to get seats near the front and after about 5 minutes an announcement was made that the gates would be opening to allow a few people to sit in the Quire.  Of course we decided to queue up and see what would happen, slightly oblivious to what we were lining up for.  Turns out the Quire is usually only open to the clergy and  the choir.  We actually got to sit in the seats by the choir, right next to the High Alter!

Jon snapping a stealth picture...since no pictures were allowed

Jon snapping a stealth picture…since no pictures were allowed

Trying not to be obvious about taking our picture.

Trying not to be obvious about taking our picture.

Choral Evensong began shortly after we took our seats.  Evensong is a primarily sung service with an all male choir.  There are no microphones just the acoustics of the church itself spreading the sound of about 30 young boys and about 12 adult men.  The sounds and vibrations move through you and seem to lift the spirit as certain notes are sung.  It doesn’t matter what language you speak or understand, just closing your eyes and soaking in the vibrations of the sounds, is an experience to be had.

Dome

 

Our slightly, stealth pictures don’t do the church any justice.  The entire ceiling is a work of art, with millions of small mosaics sparkling in the light that streams through the church.  Well worth the visit.  Choral Evensong is daily at 5 pm.

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