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*Please note:  The novel COVID-19 virus has resulted in many changes to University events and services.  In an effort to support social distancing measures recommended by the CDC, and with the health and safety of our campus and community as our top priority, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all Holy Week Services that were scheduled to be held on campus.  We wish you a meaningful remainder of the Lenten season and a beautiful Easter. 

Palm Sunday Mass 
Sunday, April 5, 2020, 5 p.m.
Cannon Memorial Chapel

Palm Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. on April 5, 2020, in the Chapel. The Mass will begin with the blessing and procession of palms.

Good Friday Service
Friday, April 10, 2020, 3 p.m.
Cannon Memorial Chapel

The Chaplaincy will hold a Good Friday service at 3 p.m. on April 10, 2020 in the Chapel.  

Easter Sunrise Service
Sunday, April 12, 2020, 6:30 a.m.
Columbarium Garden

The Easter sunrise service will be held at 6:30 a.m. on April 12, 2020, in the Columbarium Garden, adjacent to the Chapel. The service will include scripture, prayer, traditional Easter hymns, and a homily. A light breakfast reception will follow in the Wilton Center Multifaith Room.

Easter Mass
Sunday, April 12, 2020, 5 p.m.
Cannon Memorial Chapel

Easter Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. on April 12, 2020, in the Chapel.


Candlelight Festival of Lessons and Carols
Sun., Dec. 6, 2020, 5 and 8 p.m.
Cannon Memorial Chapel

In partnership with the Department of Music, the Chaplaincy will hold the 47th annual Candlelight Festival of Lessons and Carols on Sun., Dec. 6, at 5 and 8 p.m. in the Chapel. The university's Schola Cantorum and Women's Chorale will 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 services conclude with the lighting of candles by the congregation and the singing of Silent Night. Prelude music will begin twenty minutes before each service.

Please note:  The 5 p.m. service tends to be standing room only. We encourage you to arrive early in order to secure seats. 

Lend Thy Light: A Time of Reflection on the Season 
Wed., Dec. 9, 2020, 12-1 p.m. 
Cannon Memorial Chapel

December is a month marked by the hectic pace of holidays and exams. It is also a season when we pause to reflect on all that has occurred throughout the year. This time of reflection offers an opportunity to consider your joys and thanksgivings, sorrows and hurts, and to remember in prayer those who have been significant in your journey this year. During this hour, seasonal music will be played, and a candle lighting station will be available for those who wish to acknowledge prayers or intentions. There will be no formal service, and you may come and go as needed. All are welcome.


Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 5 p.m.
Cannon Memorial Chapel

The Chaplaincy will lead an ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service from 5-6 p.m. on February 17, in the Chapel.