Definition of evensong in English:



  • (in the Christian Church) a service of evening prayers, psalms, and canticles, conducted according to a set form, especially that of the Anglican Church.

    ‘choral evensong’
    • ‘A full Easter service and Festal evensong will be held at 6.30 pm.’
    • ‘Leeds Parish Church and Chelsea choirs later got together for a festival evensong, followed by a recital by the Chelsea singers.’
    • ‘The service will replace the usual Sunday night evensong.’
    • ‘But come September 1, she will begin 14 hours of rehearsal each week for a six-month probationary period before she is paid to join the professionals, rotating daily choral evensong duties with the boys' choir.’
    • ‘This being Sunday afternoon, it's time for evensong.’
    • ‘It starts outside the church with the lighting of new fire and the Paschal Candle followed by a full Easter service and Festal evensong at 6.30 pm.’
    • ‘An Imber Day was also introduced so previous residents could return annually to tend graves, meet old friends and participate in Eucharist and evensong at St Giles' Church.’
    • ‘As few among the public who queue every day to hear choral evensong at King's can be aware of how the choir of the chapel used to and ought to look, it is worth rehearsing the story of this scandal again.’
    • ‘At St Anne's in neighbouring Strathfield he responded to Anglican ‘matins and evensong, the canticles, the psalms, the hymns, the Bible readings’, and became a choirboy.’
    • ‘With lessons and carols, communion and evensong, the person at the centre of these religious services will be working long hours delivering the Christmas message.’
    • ‘It takes me back, to be precise, to evensong at St Matthew's, West Kensington, and Hail Marys at my convent school, but that is another story.’
    • ‘Then a spot of book shopping, coffee at the National Gallery (Yes I am a fan of the place, as is Liz), followed by evensong at Westminster Abbey (neither of us having ever been for evensong there before), and all in all a good day.’
    • ‘The formal part of the wedding (the vows and rings) came first, and the usual particulars of evensong followed - Rose responses, a psalm to Anglican chant, Gibbons Second Service canticles, and a few hymns.’
    • ‘The weekend was rest mostly, except for a disappointing effort to catch my first evensong service at King's College Chapel - only to find evensong was done for the term, recommencing 13 January.’
    • ‘Go to evensong at an Oxford or Cambridge college chapel, in particular Kings or Clare.’
    • ‘I ended up sleeping for about four hours - waking up at about 6.45 pm - missing not only my fringe show, but evensong as well.’
    • ‘Morning prayer, known as matins, and evening prayer, known as vespers or evensong, are most common.’
    • ‘Morning prayer is said every weekday morning, and evening prayer or evensong every night.’
    • ‘On Saturday evening the service at the parish church was abandoned and the Sunday evensong was held in the afternoon instead of evening because of the smell.’
    • ‘Lots of people came to evensong and I got a few congratulations from members of the public after the performance.’
    service, church service, religious rite, religious act, prayer, prayer meeting, praise, devotion, religious observance
    View synonyms


Old English ǣfensang, originally applied to the pre-Reformation service of vespers (see even, song).