|The cathedral choir's entire raison d'être is to sing services in the cathedral.|
Following the established pattern of the Anglican church, the usual daily sung service in Evensong. On Sundays and on certain Holy Days, Communion and Matins are also sung in the morning.
|All Anglican services have their roots in the old catholic liturgy. Evensong is actually a conglomeration of Compline and Vespers, the ancient evening Hours.|
|Service times||Sunday||09.45 Sung Eucharist|
|Monday||17.30 Evensong (men's voices)|
|Wednesday||17.30 Evening prayer (said)|
|Communion||This Anglican service is derived almost entirely from the ancient Roman Catholic Mass. Since most of the original elements have been preserved it is entirely possible to sing a pre-Reformation Mass setting at a Holy Communion service in England. At Guildford, as at most other cathedrals, the sung parts of the service are then performed in Latin. On the whole, cathedral establishments have no problem with this, which is fortunate as it allows some of the finest church music ever written still to be sung in England in the 20th century.|
|Matins||Anglican Matins is a conglomeration of the old Roman offices of Matins and Lauds. Matins can
be sung every day but in most cathedrals it is sung only on Sundays and holy days.|
Matins contains severals opportunities for musical settings, such as the Te Deum Laudamus (We praise thee, O God) or the Benedicite Omnia Opera (O all ye the works of the Lord) and the Jubilate (O be joyful in the Lord). Usually an anthem is performed, too.
|Evensong||The concept of Evensong dates from the Reformation, when Henry VIII broke with Rome and
declared religious independence for England. This Anglican service is a combination of the old
Vespers and Compline offices. From the former comes the Magnificat, from the latter the Nunc
Evensong is the service most often performed in British cathedrals and the one you are most likely to hear if you pay a visit towards the end of the day. Apart from various responses the choir will most likely sing the Psalms of the day (set to Anglican chant), a setting of the Magnificat & Nunc dimittis and an anthem.