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On the anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, Tuesday 18 July, a special service of Evensong was held at 5.30pm. It was led by the Dean and Chapter with contributions from invited guests and sung by the Cathedral Choir.
Below is a copy of the order of service for those that could not attend.
The shape of this Choral Evensong from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer would have been familiar to Jane Austen. She would have been familiar with the music of Henry Purcell, would have prayed the responses (that today will be sung) within her private devotions and sung the words of our first two hymns. Jane had a strong faith in Christ, as is evidenced by her evening intercessions, the texts of which we have used tonight in our final hymn, our spoken prayers, and the blessing.