We tend to think of Easter Day as a “morning event.” The gospel of John says, “Early on the first day of the week while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb...” However, the bible provides us a rich tradition of evening happenings as well. One of these is the encounter of Cleopas and his unnamed companion with the risen Christ on their way back home to Emmaus from Jerusalem. In cathedrals that offer daily, or even weekly Choral Evensong, Easter Day Evensong is the choir’s final “shout” before some well-earned time off. And with Charles-Villiers Stanford’s magnificent setting in A major, what a shout it will be...
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