A feast of words and music
On Sundays during the academic year (beginning of October to early June), the soaring architecture of Rockefeller Chapel is home to the cathedral-like sounds of choir and organ, with music ranging from the 12th to the 21st centuries: from Palestrina to jazz, from Hildegard of Bingen to the African beat of Missa Luba. Every year, we revisit beloved classics of the sacred repertoire as well as offering the premières of newly commissioned works.
As a University Chapel, Rockefeller does not belong to any particular denomination or tradition (indeed, in addition to Sunday worship, the Chapel is regularly used by members of other major world religious traditions). On Sundays, we use poetry and literature as complements to Christian sacred text, and we draw from both ancient and contemporary liturgical practice in constructing each week’s service. Thoughtful preaching, informed by the University’s tradition of rigorous scholarship, is offered by members of the University community and distinguished guests. The communion table is open to all, always.
Sunday services take place at 11 am during the academic year (October to early June). Our annual Christmas service is on Christmas Eve at 4 pm, featuring candlelit lessons and carols and the traditional beloved nativity tableau, offered by the children.
Upcoming Sundays, holy days, and festivals at Rockefeller
Sunday services begin again on Sunday October 1, the first choral Sunday of the new academic year.
During the summer quarter, the Chapel offers "Sundays on Tuesdays," a specially programmed carillon recital at 5 pm followed by a spoken Eucharist at 5:45 pm (Tuesdays June 27 through August 22). Those present are warmly invited to partake of a light supper together afterwards at one of the campus dining spaces.
Sunday October 1 First Choral Sunday of the new academic year
The Chapel Choir returns with music of Bach: excerpts from the cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147, with instrumental accompaniment. Dean Elizabeth Davenport offers the sermon.