Civic Service is Part of Choral Evensong for First Time

The Mayor’s Civic Service took place at St Mary’s Church with an Choral Evensong programme for the first time on Sunday afternoon.

The St Mary’s choir lit up the church with their beautiful voices, led by special guest conductor, Daniel Ludford-Thomas.  John Green, President of the Royal British Legion Henley & Peppard branch paraded with their standard.

The service opened with the choir singing the Introit “Paccantem me quotidie” by Cristobal de Moralles before the congregation sang the first hymn of All Things Bright and Beautiful.

The first lesson was read by the Mayor’s cadet Aleks Luch from the RAF Air Cadets (Isiah 58.6-12).  The second lesson was read by the Mayor of Henley, Councillor Kellie Hinton, the 13th chapter of the Gospel according to St John.

The highlight of the service was choir’s wonderful performances of The Anthem “Geistliches Leid” by Brahms prior to the last hymn, The Lord of the Dance.  The service ended with the singing of the National Anthem.

Father Jeremy Tayler said, ““At St Mary’s we take seriously our role as the Civic Church for Henley.  We are delighted to welcome the Mayor and Town Councillors to St Mary’s each year for the Civic Service, and to pray for them and for the whole town.”

“This year, I think for the first time, the Civic Service took the form of Choral Evensong, a traditional service in the Church of England, with beautiful music from our choir. The service was well-attended, and I hope that it was a joyful and uplifting occasion for everyone who came.”

Afterwards guests were invited by the Mayor to enjoy refreshments in the Jesus Chapel.

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