Sunday Evening Services – A chanted Compline service takes place at 5:00 p.m. each Sunday from Labor Day to Pentacost, except for Easter and the first Sunday of each month. All are invited to participate, either through chanted or silent prayer. Eucharist will be celebrated in the Chapel after Compline, for any who have not yet received Communion that day.
A beautiful Choral Evensong is offered at 5:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month, from Labor Day until Pentacost at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights. On the first Sunday in May, the Saint Alban Schola brings their Compline service to St. Paul’s chapel, followed by Holy Eucharist.
Service Notes — These Sunday Evening Services are a joint program of the parishes of St. Paul’s and St. Alban Episcopal Churches. We wish to extend a particularly warm welcome to our visitors from St. Paul’s parish who have enriched this experience by joining with us in meditation and prayer at Compline.
Compline — “The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end. Amen.” Compline at Saint Alban Church begins with the chanting of this wistful prayer that marks the end of the traditional daily cycle of prayer and silence. The Office of Compline originated as far back as the fourth century, and it has had a place of honor in the daily routine of monastic communities ever since. Our current Book of Common Prayer 1979 re-introduced Compline for broader use, and it is beloved by many Episcopalians for the beauty of its language and the restfulness of its tone.
The simple chanted Compline service at St. Alban Episcopal Church, its recitation of psalms, listening to readings, and chanting of timeless prayers invites us to find “rest for our souls” as St. Matthew says.
Evensong — Choral Evensong, sung Evening Prayer, first appeared in its current form in the original English Book of Common Prayer in 1549. It has its origins in the ancient Vespers and Compline services celebrated as part of the Monastic Hours of Prayer. In the Anglican tradition, evening worship has been particularly enriched by countless musical settings of the two great canticles used in those services, the Magnificat (“My soul doth magnify the Lord…”) and the Nunc Dimittis (“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace…”) which are sung in Evensong services after the Scripture readings.
Although much of this Evensong service is sung by St. Paul’s choir, their music is offered on behalf of the entire congregation. The choir and officiant act as the voice of the people, lifting praise and prayer to God.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
2747 Fairmount Boulevard
Cleveland Heights 44106