A feast of words and music
For Sundays and on-demand throughout the week, we celebrate a broadly Christian liturgy in a rhythm dating to 1928: ecumenical worship with readings from world traditions and sermons from community and faculty leaders. When we are able to reconvene in person, Communion is offered freely to all who choose to receive.
These services feature the E.M. Skinner Organ, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Carillon, and the voices of students and professionals alike in musical settings past and present. Newly commissioned works by our resident campus composers and many others are regularly premiered. At least once per quarter, the Rockefeller Children's Choir performs exuberant works speaking across traditions. On each Christmas Eve at 4 pm, a service of Lessons and Carols brings everything together with an unforgettable pageant and a space full of candlelight. Dean Maurice Charles presides.
In the first half of 2020, services were to continue through June 14. Highlights before COVID suspension for historical reference were:
February 2: The Rev. Robert W. Lee IV preaches
February 16: The Rev. Dr. Micah Jackson preaches
February 23: Dean Maurice Charles preaches
March 1: Dean Maurice Charles preaches
March 8: The Rev. Stacy Alan preaches
March 15: suspended
March 22: suspended
March 29: suspended
Palm Sunday, April 5: suspended
Easter Sunday, April 12: suspended
HOLY WEEK 2020
Palm/Passion Sunday | April 5, 11 am [suspended]
Rockefeller Chapel Choir and soloists continue the tradition of chanting the Passion story, with music of Francis Poulenc.
Good Friday | April 10, 7:30 pm [suspended]
University organist Thomas Weisflog plays Marcel Dupré's masterwork Le Chemin de la Croix (The Way of the Cross) on the E.M. Skinner for Good Friday. Poetry of Paul Claudel will be read in English translation.
Easter Sunday | April 12, 11 am [suspended]
Festive hymns with brass and music of Bairstow and Healey Willan. Rockefeller's annual Easter egg hunt for children will follow the service.