Holiday Events and Services

The Office of the Chaplaincy coordinates several services in observance of the major Christian holidays. The following list is a selection of the services offered throughout the year. 

Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5 p.m.
Cannon Memorial Chapel

An ecumenical Ash Wednesday service for Catholics and Protestants will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, in Cannon Memorial Chapel.  The Rev. Dr. Craig Kocher, University Chaplain, will preach, and the Rev. Tom Mullen, Director of Catholic Life, will preside.  All are welcome.

Palm Sunday Mass
Sunday, April 13, 2014, 5 p.m.
Cannon Memorial Chapel

Palm Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, in Cannon Memorial Chapel. The Mass will begin with the blessing and procession of palms.

Holy Thursday Mass
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6 p.m.
Cannon Memorial Chapel

Holy Thursday Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. on Thurs., April 17, in Cannon Memorial Chapel. The Mass will include foot-washing, stripping of the altar, and and the procession of the Blessed Sacrament for reservation until Good Friday.

Good Friday
Friday, April 18, 2014, 3 p.m.
Cannon Memorial Chapel

The Good Friday Liturgy of the Passion will be celebrated at 3 p.m. on Fri., April 18, in Cannon Memorial Chapel. The liturgy includes Holy Communion from the reserved sacrament and veneration of the cross.

Easter Sunrise Service
Sunday, April 20, 2014,  6:30 a.m.
Columbarium Garden

The third annual Easter Sunrise Service will be held in the Columbarium Garden at 6:30 a.m. on Sun., April 20. The Rev. Dr. Craig Kocher, University Chaplain, will preside over the service, which includes scripture, prayers, traditional Easter hymns, and a homily. A light breakfast reception will follow in the Wilton Center Multifaith Room.

Easter Mass
Sunday, April 20, 2014, 5 p.m.
Cannon Memorial Chapel

Easter Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. on Sun., April 20, in Cannon Memorial Chapel.

41st annual Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 5 and 8 p.m.
Cannon Memorial Chapel

Each year, the Office of the Chaplaincy, in partnership with the Department of Music, holds the Candlelight Services of Lessons and Carols. The University's Schola Cantorum and Women's Chorale present new and familiar Christmas carols and anthems in the tradition of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols that was first held at King's College Chapel in Cambridge, England, on Christmas Eve, 1918. The Rev. Dr. Craig Kocher presides over the services, which conclude with the lighting of candles by the congregation and the singing of Silent Night.

Lend Thy Light: A Time of Quiet Reflection on the Season
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 12-1 and 5-6 p.m.
Cannon Memorial Chapel

The holiday season is a time of good cheer, but it is also marked by a hurried pace, as we attend events, travel, and visit with family and friends. Opportunities are rare to pause for a moment, enjoy the beauty of the season, and reflect upon our experiences throughout the year. For those who are seeking quiet and solace amidst the busyness of the holiday season or the stress of exams, the Office of the Chaplaincy invites you to Lend Thy Light, a time of reflection on the season. Seasonal music is played, and a candlelighting station is available for those who wish to acknowledge prayers or intentions. All are welcome.


For additional information, contact:

Office of the Chaplaincy
804-289-8500