On occasion, St Paul’s, Harringay offers the special service of Choral Evensong & Benediction, a rare treat amongst churches in Haringey as well as the wider Church of England. Here is a short summary of what the service celebrates.
What is Choral Evensong & Benediction?
Choral Evensong, a beautifully sung service, is a tiny fragment of something else: it is the fragment of worship that is offered to God by Christian people every hour in every part of the world. When you come to Evensong it is as if you are dropping in on a conversation already in progress – a conversation between God and people which began long before we were born and will continue long after we have passed away.
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is a devotion in which we offer praise, adoration, and thanksgiving to God as revealed in the mystery of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. This devotion began in the 13th century when Christian people felt the need to express their faith in Christ’s true presence in the midst of this world. As it has for centuries, Benediction continues to offer an opportunity of devotion for those who encounter our Lord Jesus Christ – the Bread of Life – in His sacramental promise of the Eucharist.