At the Anglican Use congregation of St. Athanasius in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, a regular feature of devotional life is Choral Evensong and Benediction. For the Vigil of Ss. Peter and Paul the congregation celebrated this office of prayer in the chapel of their host parish, St. Theresa of Avila on Sunday, June 28. Because the chaplain, Fr. Richard Bradford had to be out of town, the service was led by Fr. James O'Driscoll of Holy Family parish in Rockland, Mass. and Deacon Michael Connolly of the Armenian Catholic Church, both regular attendees and assistants at the Anglican Use services.
A schola of 4 provided the lead for the congregational singing, which featured hymns and psalms sung according to Anglican Chant. After Evensong concluded, Fr. O'Driscoll preached on the priesthood of Christ and the ordained priesthood, for which Pope Benedict XVI has proclaimed a special holy year.
Following the sermon, the office of Benediction was prayed.
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