Church of Saint John the Evangelist
Our parish family challenges itself -- and our community around us -- always to celebrate God's grace, beauty, and love in everyone and everything.
Music in the liturgy
Music has always been an integral part of the celebration of the Eucharist at St. John’s. Having a monastic history, St. John’s was a forerunner in the use of plainsong in worship in the Episcopal Church. Throughout the years, the music on Bowdoin Street has been led by a series of distinguished musicians with a commitment to music as a vital part of worship for the congregation. Notable among these is Everett Titcomb, who served for fifty years at St. John’s, beginning in 1910. At a typical Sunday Eucharist at Saint John’s, the congregation sings three or four hymns, a psalm, and other service music.
St. John’s choir, known as the Schola Cantorum, comprised of paid section leaders and parish volunteers, sings on major holy days, enhancing the congregational singing at those services.
The Church of Saint John the Evangelist thanks you for attending our Wednesday night concert series. Although the weekly concerts came to an end in March, we may still have periodic musical events. Please check our website, www.stjev.org, for announcements.
Several performing ensembles have recognized St. John’s as an excellent place to hold concerts. Schola Cantorum of Boston, Convergence, Seven Times Salt, Convivium Musicum, and Lyricora held ticketed performances at St. John’s during the past three seasons. If interested in exploring St. John’s as a concert, rehearsal, and/or recording venue, please contact the office at 617-227-5242.