Saturday, June 15, 2013

Ordinariate Evensong at the Little Oratory

On Thursday evening the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham celebrated Choral Evensong and Solemn Benediction at the Little Oratory in London. The service preceded a talk entitled 'The Future of Christianity in Britain' given by Charles Moore, organised by the Friends of the Ordinariate.

The Office was sung by the Choir of the London Oratory directed by Patrick Russill and the organ was played by Felix Yeung, the Pettman Organ Scholar at the Oratory and also a member of the Personal Ordinariate. The music included the Preces and Responses by Ayleward, the Short Service by Orlando Gibbons, and Almighty and Everlasting God also by Gibbons.

After Evensong, the large congregation knelt as Monsignor Keith Newton, the Ordinary, presided over Solemn Benediction. During the devotions the O Salutaris and Tantum Ergo were sung to vernacular settings known to those familiar with the Anglo-Catholic tradition. (Photos: Charlotte Bromley Davenport)