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'A Moment Of Heaven On Earth': The Sublime Tradition Of The Compline Choir

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Compline Choir at St. Mark's

The Compline service at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church feels very traditional – ancient, even. But the all-male Compline Choir chants its monastic prayers and hymns to a pretty eclectic flock. Elders bent with age mix with people who live on the street, families with small children and young adults in a pretty obvious drug haze.

They’re all there to feel the thrum of sacred music, ringing through this soaring, 90-foot-high cathedral.

This tradition has been going on nearly every Sunday night for about 60 years. Conductor Jason Anderson is just the choir’s second director, and he explained to Sound Effect host Gabriel Spitzer what makes the tradition endure, and why it means so much to him. 

Gabriel Spitzer is a former KNKX reporter, producer and host who covered science and health and worked on the show Sound Effect.