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 Sunday services

January 13 Epiphany I: Music of Clemens non Papa and Peter Cornelius
January 20 Epiphany II: MLK Sunday - Music of Michael Tippett, spirituals from A Child of Our Time
January 27 Epiphany III: Music of Mendelssohn Richte mich Gott
February 3 Epiphany IV: Music of Holst and Eccard Nunc dimittis and When to the Temple
February 10 Epiphany V: Music of Rachmaninoff, excerpts from Vespers
February 17 Epiphany VI: Music of Monteverdi and Dering, two settings of Duo seraphim
February 24 Epiphany VII: Music of Antonio Vivaldi, sacred arias
March 3 Last Epiphany: Music of William Byrd, excerpts from Mass for Five Voices
March 10 Lent I: Music of Gregorio Allegri, Miserere
March 17 Lent II: Music of Herbert Howells, Like as the Hart
April 7 Lent V: Music of Robert White, from Lamentations
April 14 Passion/Palm Sunday: Chanted passion and music of Samuel Wesley
April 21 Easter Sunday: Festival music and hymns with brass
April 28 Easter II: Music of J.S. Bach
May 5 Easter III: Music of John Ireland, Greater Love hath no Man
May 12 Easter IV/Mother's Day: Rockefeller Children’s Choir sings selections for Mother’s Day
May 19 Easter V: Music of James MacMillan, Alpha and Omega
May 26 Easter VI: Music of France
June 2 Easter VII/Sunday After Ascension: Music of Gerald Finzi, God is Gone Up
June 9 Pentecost/Last Choral Sunday: Music of Vaughan Williams, Mass in G