Scripture Verse

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? and how shall they preach, except they be sent?

— Romans x:14, 15, Offertory Sentence for Holy Commuion

Epiphany Lessons & Carols

Only 27 days until Epiphany Lessons and Carols, sung by the Choir of Men & Boys. People of all faiths are welcome, and there is no charge for admission; however, the proceeds of a freewill offering will go to the Christ Child Society of Baltimore. A reception will follow the service, which will last approximately 45 minutes. If you would like to receive email reminders of upcoming Evensongs and other Choral Services, send an email to the Choirmaster at choirmaster@ststeve.com.

Chorister’s Prayer

St Stephen’s Choir of Men and Boys is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), and the Choir uses the Chorister’s Prayer as their preparation for every service, led by the Head Chorister. A previous Head Chorister indicated an interest in leading the prayer in Latin, and so we provided a translation.oratio choristae

Here is the Chorister’s Prayer, in English:

℣. The Lord be with you.

℟. And with thy spirit.

℣. Let us pray.

Bless, O Lord, * us thy servants, who minister in thy temple. Grant that what we sing with our lips, we may believe in our hearts; and what we believe in our hearts, we may show forth in our lives. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

And here is the Oratio Choristæ, in Latin:

℣. Dominus vobiscum;

℟. Et cum spiritu tuo.

℣. Oremus.

Bénedic Domine * nos servos tuos, qui mínistrant in templum tuum. Dona, ut quod ore cantámus, corde credámus; et quod corde crédimus, opéribus comprobémus; per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.