2014-12-05 / Community

Celtic Eventide comes to St. Alban’s Church

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church on Shore Road in Cape Elizabeth is launching a new Sunday evening service of prayer and music in the Celtic tradition.

The service, called Eventide, will begin Dec. 7 and continue each Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Morning services of holy communion will continue at 8 and 9:30 a.m.

“With Eventide, we are creating a distinctive service for peoples of all faiths to enjoy with the quieter, contemplative Celtic style, including beautiful music, thoughtful words and a time for prayer,” said The Rev. Tim Boggs, St. Alban’s rector.

The service will be led by lay and ordained ministers. St Alban’s aspires to create a fresh time for meditation, reflection and good company.

Inviting Celtic music with occasional traditional hymns will be offered by a quartet of Portland musicians. Mike Albert on oboe and Nicole Rabata on flute will be joined by cellist Robin Jellis and on the piano, Tom Kovacevic. Two or three of the artists will perform each week.

“In this hurried and noisy world, we offer a space and time to enjoy the power of quiet – gently touched by candlelight, music and prayer. The Celtic tradition acknowledges that we find God and each other in moments of reflection and calm. We hope this will be a rich experience for the church goer and those who have never attended church, as well as those who no longer do so for whatever reason. We welcome the faithful, the seeker, the doubter, the hopeful, the joyful and the troubled,” Boggs said.

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