Vespers is a service of Evening Prayer which is almost entirely sung, in English, using Gregorian Chant. We meet on the third Sunday of the month at 7:00 pm. The music is a combination of Gregorian chant, a harmonized hymn, and a short renaissance motet. We are finally able to sing in person again, with the service currently being sung from the parish hall at St Philip’s Episcopal Church in Durham. We will broadcast on Youtube:

We also have an announcement list for the group.  You can be added to that list by going here and clicking the “ask to join group” button. For any other questions email Jack (

Chant Resources:

Music and Order of Service (music posted here late in the week before the service)

Recordings of past services

Gregorian Chant in the Community of St Mary (source for our English language service) 

Neumz – recordings of Gregorian Chant from an Abbey in France paired with the printed music

In 2004, Dr Kerry McCarthy gathered a small group of singers to do Sung Vespers (Evening Prayer) in Latin using Gregorian Chant.  That group gathered at the Duke Catholic Center to sing Vespers every Sunday during the school year until Kerry left Durham in 2014.  We then found a home at St. Luke’s and a small group of the original singers offered Vespers one Sunday a month.  The group has appreciated the welcome we received from St. Luke’s, and it has been wonderful to have other St. Luke’s folks attend the service.