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Christ Episcopal Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala., will present an All Saints’ Day Choral Evensong on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 6:00 p.m. The evensong will remember and honor those who have died, especially those who died during the past year. Their names will be read during the service.

“Evensong is a musical setting of the service of evening prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, sometimes called vespers,” said Doff Procter, music director. “Music will be presented by Christ Church’s Adult Choir and the St. Cecilia Singers.

The choirs begin the service by singing “O Gracious Light” (Phos hilaron, a 3rd century hymn text) by David Hogan (1949-1996), followed by a version of Psalm 150 by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924).

Featured in the musical program at the evensong service will be the traditional evening hymns “Magnificat” (My soul doth magnify the Lord) and “Nunc dimittis” (Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace) by Richard Shephard (b. 1949) and sung by baritone Christopher Withrow, accompanied by the choir.

Anthems offered by the adult choir will be “Never Weather-beaten Sail” by Thomas Campion (1567-1620), ed. by Roland E. Martin; “Steal Away” American spiritual arranged by Bob Chilcott (b. 1955); and “Peace at the Last” by Leo Nestor (b. 1948) with text by J.H. Cardinal Newman (1808-1890).

The St. Cecilia Singers will offer “Praise the Lord” by Natalie Sleeth (1930-1992).
Other music will include congregational hymns “For all the saints, who from their labors rest,” “I sing a song of the saints of God” and “O God, our help in ages past.”

The Christ Church adult choir is made up of parishioners and University of Alabama faculty and students. Music director is Doff Procter and accompanist is Dr. Scott Roberts. The St. Cecilia Singers include students in grades 3-5.

Rector of Christ Episcopal Church is the Rev. David Meginniss. Associate rector is the Rev. Dr. Catherine Collier. Assistant music director is Laurel Procter. Christ Episcopal Church, at 605 Lurleen B. Wallace Blvd. N., Tuscaloosa, is on the corner of Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard N. and 6th St. behind the Bama Theatre. The service is free and open to the public. For further information, call 758-4252, ext. 120 or 886-9855. ##