A feast of words and music

On Sundays during the academic year (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. 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 February 5, 2017
The Chapel Choir sings music of Kate Pukinskis PhD'15, former Chapel chorister and composer of several works premiered at Rockefeller. Revd. Stacy Alan, executive director of Brent House, offers the sermon.

Sunday February 12
The artists in residence sing music of J.S. Bach, including duets from the B Minor Mass. Revd. Dr. Anne Benvenuti, assistant priest and meditation teacher at Spiritual Life, offers the sermon.

Sunday February 19
Motet Choir sings music of Sergei Rachmaninoff, with Alexander Tcherepnin's Processional and Recessional on the organ. Dean Elizabeth Davenport offers the sermon.