Evensong at St. Paul's Cathedral
On foot via the Millenium Bridge, by black taxi, red double decker bus or the London Underground Tube, do make your way to St. Paul's Cathedral in time to join an Evensong Service on your next visit to London. The experience was one of the high points of our journey.
When the immense front doors swung open, we were greeted by the breathtaking beauty of cathedral's interior. Black and white marble floors and the white stone columns led the way down the nave to Sir Christopher Wren's magnificent dome and beyond that to the gilded baldacchino or canopy over the high altar. As we entered the cathedral and gazed upward, the glint of gold in the adorning frescos and ceiling medallions captured our attention. The words "magnificent", "beautiful" and "vastly awesome" do little to describe the vision before us.
Delighted to participate in the Evensong service from the Quire, we were seated across from the all male choir, a mere twenty feet from the altar. The incredible music of the organ and choir resounded from all the stone surfaces around us. The mosaic medallions above us which depicted the animals of the earth, the fish of the sea, and the birds of the air, told the story of Creation. The scriptures shared by a woman priest focused on Daniel's obedience to the Lord and Satan's rebellion and resulting expulsion from Heaven. We felt blessed to receive but a glimpse of heaven, surrounded by the magnificence of the Lord, and experience a mere taste of the joy which we will share for eternity with Jesus Christ, our Lord.