I first learned about St. Peter’s jazz vespers service in September. Specifically, from this feature on Vincent Piazza, who starred in Boardwalk Empire as Lucky Luciano. Since then visiting St. Peter’s has been in my Todoist in the “new experiences” list.
Vespers means evening prayer, and each Christian denomination seems to do it a little differently. It’s not a Mass, just a prayer service. St. Peter’s is in Midtown at 54th and Lexington. It’s a Lutheran parish that’s been doing jazz vespers for decades.
It’s a little surprising for a Catholic to hear things like “a reading from C.S. Lewis” in church, but it’s a peaceful service that seems to really touch people. I recorded a few minutes to share: