BBC Radio 3 broadcast the Special Evensong which took place in Westminster Abbey at the end of September as the National Ecumenical Celebration of the centenary of Blessed Oscar Romero’s birth. The general consensus from the 1300 present in the Abbey — including a distinguished array of Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox and Free Church leaders — was that we had enjoyed a magnificent service.
Listen again by clicking HERE. Listen to 'A special appeal', the anthem composed by James MacMillan for the Romero Centenary, commissioned by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey, by clicking HERE.
You can view the service booklet to follow along with the Evensong broadcast by clicking HERE.
Lord Rowan Williams, former archbishop of Canterbury and Patron of the Romero Trust, gave an excellent, challenging sermon; the Abbey’s choir was terrific; and the great highlight was a new anthem commissioned by the Abbey specially for the occasion from composer James MacMillan. It is entitled ‘A Special Appeal’. It interweaves Archbishop Romero’s words from the eve of his martyrdom with lines from Psalm 31. And it is simply stunning.
Read a report on the Service HERE, where you can also read or listen to the sermon given by Lord Williams.