Vespers is a service of Evening Prayer which is almost entirely sung, in English, using Gregorian Chant. (Note that for Lent we are using the Latin liturgy.) We are meeting virtually via Zoom on the third Sunday of each month at 7pm. To attend the service live, join this zoom meeting: https://duke.zoom.us/j/96886002931, or call 646 876 9923 (meeting ID: 968 8600 2931)
Watch and listen to a recorded service here.
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 2020 we had our first service on Zoom. The service is almost entirely sung, usually in English using Gregorian Chant. However during Lent 2021 we are using the Latin liturgy, and will return to English for Easter and Ordinary Time.
*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 offer Vespers on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 7:00 PM. To attend the service live, join this zoom meeting:https://duke.zoom.us/j/96886002931, or call 646 876 9923 (meeting ID: 968 8600 2931)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.