Vespers is a service of Evening Prayer which is almost entirely sung, in English, using Gregorian Chant. We are meeting virtually via Zoom on the third Sunday of each month at 7pm. Information on how to join in is further down this page. Watch and listen to a recently recorded service here. Each month the recording of the service will be posted on the St. Luke’s Facebook page the week after the service.
Music and Order of Service (music posted here late in the week before the service)
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
Singing during COVID:
Like many singing groups, we stopped meeting when COVID arrived, and weren’t sure that we would be able to meet again until after, since our entire service is sung. In July, though, we had our first service on Zoom. The service is almost entirely sung, in English (at least until Advent, when we may return to Latin), using Gregorian Chant. Due to technical limitations, we are only able to have two singers at a time audible on the Zoom meeting, but the music is available to everyone to follow along. You are welcome to sing along with your mic muted, or simply come to listen and pray with us.
How to participate:
We plan to offer Vespers on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 7:00 PM. If you would like to join us, email Jack (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will send you the Zoom link. 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.
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. Since then, we have found a home at St. Luke’s and a small group of the original singers have been offering Vespers one Sunday a month. In the past 4-5 years, that had generally been the 1st Sunday of the 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.