Choral Evensong at All Saints is one of Edmonton’s best-kept musical secrets.
Normally on the first Sunday of the month, at 7:00pm, priest and choir offer this ancient Service of Evening Prayer set to music. Created by Thomas Cranmer during a time of great uncertainty, danger, and upheaval (the Reformation in the days of Henry VIII), Choral Evensong combines the two older offices of Vespers and Compline. A work of art as well as a service of prayer, it offers a reprieve from the noise and haste of day-to-day life and can be enjoyed by anyone who loves music and poetic language. Congregants may join in the singing of three hymns if they wish, but nothing is required of them.
There is no Eucharist (mass), and only a brief meditation rather than a sermon. Those who attend are simply invited to listen and be at peace.