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Holden Evening Prayer Around the World

Holden Evening Prayer Around the World

Join Us In Spirit on June 3, 2023

Once a year Holden invites Villagers across the globe to come together through participation in the Holden Evening Prayer. This year, we will be celebrating Holden Evening Prayer Around the World on June 3, 2023.

You are invited to participate on any date or time that week!

Help us kick-off the first week of summer programming by joining us on the first night that Holden Evening Prayer will be sung in the Village for the summer.

Marty Haugen wrote Holden Evening Prayer during the winter of 1985–1986 during a musical residency at Holden Village. A simple Lutheran vespers service that follows traditional form while using contemporary and inclusive language, this service has become beloved by many.

Even though geography may separate us, by singing and saying the same words together, we connect in spirit. May the prayers for peace and justice of the extended Holden community rise up like incense. Plan a gathering and add your event to our map of events around the globe!

Sign Up to Host

Host Holden Evening Prayer, Wherever You Are

Past events have been held in churches, community centers, and homes. Fill out this form with the date, time, and location for your event, so that we can post this information on our website and anyone in your area can join. All information provided on the form will be public to anyone who accesses our website. If, after submitting the form, you need to make changes to your event, please email development@holdenvillage.org.

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Join a Holden Evening Prayer Service Near You

Suggested Readings

You are invited to read the Scripture and poetry that will be shared during the Holden Evening Prayer service in the Village on June 3rd. You are also welcome to select your own readings.

Download PDF of Suggested Readings

Share Your Event

If you host a Holden Evening Prayer Around the World event, please post about it on social media and tag Holden Village! If you would like to take photos of your event for possible inclusion in a social media post by Holden Village, please send your photos to the Holden Village Communications Team (writer@holdenvillage.org).

Get Your Copy of Holden Evening Prayer

If you or your congregation need copies of the words and music for Holden Evening Prayer, a variety of options are available from GIA Publishing. You can purchase a single copy for electronic download, full score sheet music for piano or other instruments, and more.

Watch Last Year’s Service

Last year, for Holden Village’s 60th Anniversary, we invited all of you to send us a video clip of you, your friends and family, or your congregation participating in Holden Evening Prayer your own way, and here are the results!