St. John’s Church - Savannah, GA

October 25, 2019 Choral Evensong, Prayer Book Society USA Conference

October 28, 2019

On the evening of October 25, 2019, the Choir of St. John's was pleased to offer Evensong in celebration of the Prayer Book Society Conference (for more information, visit  Below is a listing of the service order.

Choirmaster & Organist: Mr. Steven Branyon; Assistant Organist: Mrs. Paul (Angela) Fisher; Cantor: Mr. Andrew Hillis

Organ Prelude (Steven Branyon)

Fanfare (from 'Five Pieces') ....  J. Healey Willan, 1880-1968 

      To Gerald Wheeler for the dedication of the organ in St. Matthew's Church, Ottawa

Voluntary in G.....  Henry Heron, 1730-1795

      Heron was appointed organist of St. Magnus the Martyr, London Bridge, where the new "swelling organ" was introduced in 1712 by Abraham Jordan.

Andante soavemente e dolce ...... Charles Macpherson, 1870-1927

      A work contained in "A Little Organ Book in Memory of Hubert Parry".


Preces and Responses  .... Keith Rhodes

Hymn#165  All praise to Thee...... TALLIS' CANON

Psalm 119 (parts 73-104)      Tone VII.3 and Tone IV.4

Magnificat in A ....... Herbert Sumsion

First Lesson:  Job 23

Nunc Dimittis in A..... Herbert Sumsion

Second Lesson:  St. Luke 6:1-19

Hymn #176 O gladsome light  .......NUNC DIMITTIS

Anthem: Blessed are all they that fear the Lord (Psalm 128).. Leo Sowerby

Hymn #357 Hail, Thou once despised Jesus! ...... IN BABILONE

Voluntary: Praeludium in D-Dur, op. XII/2 .. Johann Georg Albrechtsberger

      Albrechtsberger spent-- from age seven-- a great portion of his life around Melk Abbey, Vienna.  He was Beethoven's teacher.  At the end of his life, he was appointed the musician of St. Stephen's, Vienna only because of a recommendation from Mozart. Albrechtsberger was known as the best organist in the world at that time, of which Mozart himself said, "His playing is the standard by which all other organists should be measured."