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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Cathedral offers Solemn Evening Prayer during Advent; Diocesan Youth Choir accepts new members, prepares for Christmas

the Inland Register

(From the November 20, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

On Sunday evenings during Advent, Solemn Evening Prayer will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane.

Evening Prayer, also called vespers, is part of the Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office. In the Liturgy of the Hours, the Church fulfills Jesus’ command to “pray always” (Luke 18:1; see also 1 Thessalonians 5:17). Through this prayer, the people of God sanctify the day by continual praise of God and prayers of intercession for the needs of the world.

This liturgy begins with the singing of a hymn, followed with the chanting of Psalms, and culminates in the sung proclamation of the Canticle of Mary (the Magnificat). This Gospel canticle is Mary’s song of joy upon meeting her cousin Elizabeth, is a particularly appropriate meditation during Advent and preparation for Christmas.

Solemn Evening Prayer will begin on Sundays at 4:45 p.m., will feature members of the cathedral music program. The service lasts about 20 minutes.

In addition to the Advent prayer services, the Diocesan Youth Choir is beginning preparations for Christmas celebrations at the cathedral. The choir is accepting new members, and enrollment is open to children throughout the diocese in grades 3-6.

For more information, contact Robert Carr, the cathedral’s director of music, by emailing, or by calling (509) 358-4290.

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