The choirs and children of St. Luke’s Parish in Darien will be presenting “The praise of children,” a choral Evensong, Saturday, March 3, at 5 p.m. in the church.

The service will feature, among other works, the music of Tallis, Farrant, and Vince Edwards, (who formerly served at St. Paul’s on the Green, Norwalk). After the short service, the choir will host a wine and cheese reception while all are invited to help fill Easter baskets for those needing a little assistance in bringing the joy of Easter to their children. Co-sponsored by Saint Luke’s Friends of Music and Children's Ministries Outreach, Easter baskets will be distributed through Person-to-Person.

Evensong, one of the great liturgical legacies of Henry VIII and most cherished of Anglican services, has its origins in the ancient monastic (and before then, Jewish), tradition of marking the day with specific times of prayer. When the Church of England severed its Roman ties, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (1489—1556) condensed several traditional monastic services into Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer, called Matins and Evensong when sung.

The service is being conducted by David Pulliam, (Director of Music and Organist at Saint Luke’s). The service, held in the historic St. Luke’s Parish church, is free of admission and open to everyone at 1864 Boston Post Rd., Darien.