St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church, located at 4440 N. Campbell Ave., will hold a Choral Evensong service and a full-moon labyrinth walk on Sunday. Both events are free and open to the public.
The tradition of Choral Evensong is rooted in one of the daily monastic services that date from the medieval period. It is roughly the equivalent of vespers in the Roman Catholic Church, though it was originally formed by combining the monastic offices of vespers and the compline, the final church service of the day.
The Evensong at St. Philip’s is based on the service that has been sung from the “Book of Common Prayer” from the 16th century.
Evensong is drawn almost entirely from the Bible — the psalms, readings and canticles are all selected from scriptural sources. The Schola Cantorum, a choir comprising youth and adults, provides music.
The service, which will start at 4 p.m. and lasts about 45 minutes, will be followed by a half-hour organ recital featuring Arizona State University doctoral of musical arts student Emma Whitten. Her recital, titled “Back to Bach,” will feature music based on the theme of the notes B-A-C-H.
Whitten is also organist and minister of music at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Chandler.
Laterthat evening, participants will walk the St. Philip’s meditation labyrinth when the moon is full. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a brief introduction to labyrinths and a presentation on how to get the most out of the walk, followed by the walk itself.
Walkers gather in the church plaza, south of the church building. Fellowship and refreshments will follow the walk.
St. Philip’s labyrinth may be visited at any time, and full-moon walks are held monthly throughout the year. Walking the labyrinth contemplatively takes about 20 minutes.
On Dec. 15, Pamela Decker, organ professor at the University of Arizona, will follow the Evensong service with a recital titled “Prelude and Fugue.” The next full-moon labyrinth walk after the upcoming one will take place Dec. 17.
Parking is available at the church in the north parking lot or under a new, shaded parking structure on the east side. For more information about upcoming guest artists at the church, go to www.friendsofmusictucson.org and click on “Other Events” or call 299-6421.