O Lord, open our lips

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01 July 2009

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From the Revd R. J. Avent

Sir, — In the article on Patrick Gale (Features, 19 June), he was quoted as saying: “Choral evensong is one of the cornerstones of English cul­ture. It’s one of our great artefacts.” I am sure most Anglicans would agree, but I have often wondered whether Common Worship: Daily Prayer has been set to music, and whether there is any cathedral that sings Evening Prayer acording to this rite.

It may be objected that the lan­guage is not as beautiful, but it is contemporary, and the service is liturgically much richer. There seems to me to be a great op­portunity here to enrich Anglican worship.

RAYMOND J. AVENT
Maryvale, Catbrook
Chipping Campden
Gloucestershire GL55 6DE

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