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Simon Reynolds believes Evensong is providing a place of sanctuary for people seeking space for reflection in a frenetic world. It is becoming a significant part of the Church of England’s mission. Lighten Our Darkness provides the definitive guide to Choral Evensong, and will be a fascinating introduction for newcomers to this historic form of worship, and for clergy and students wishing to explore its roots.
‘Simon Reynolds carefully polishes the ancient treasure of Evensong, not to place it in a museum of curiosities, but to ensure its place in the human heart, that part of us that longs to sing even as shadows fall.’ Canon Mark Oakley
‘As someone who returned to an active faith in his late teens through attending Evensong at a tiny church on the edge of London, I am immensely grateful for Simon Reynolds’ tour d’horizon. The remarkable durability of Cranmer’s revised evening office, combined with its permeability for those searching after faith are both manifest in this concise, attractive and scholarly introduction.’ Rt Revd Dr Stephen Platten
‘A thoughtful bridge between parish worship and the musical culture and spirituality of sung evensong.’ Revd Dr Victoria Raymer