Monday, October 24, 2022

All Hallows' and All Saints' Services Recall the Faith of People Who Have Passed

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Two upcoming services at the Chapel remember the dead and celebrate the witness of Christians of the past. Both are free and open to the public.

All Hallows' Eve

Monday, October 31, at 10:30 p.m.

All Hallows' Eve service is a festival in the church that recalls the faith and witness of those who have carried on and cherished the Christian faith throughout history. The service celebrates the Church's continuing communion with these men and women and memorializes the recently deceased. It comprises scripture readings, testimonies about saints, and anthems. The name of the service comes from its celebration on the night before All Saints' (or All Hallows') so it's "All Hallows' Eve," or "Halloween" (Halloween costumes are welcome at this service!). Watch a brief video about the service:

Free parking for this service is available in the Bryan Center Parking Lot at 125 Science Drive by using a special parking pass—click here to access the parking pass.  To use the pass, at the entrance to the garage, place the QR code on the pass under the red light. ADA parking is available in the Bryan Center Surface Lot at the same address.

Watch the livestream of the service.

All Saints' Day Requiem Eucharist

Tuesday, November 1, at 7:00 p.m.

This Requiem Eucharist commemorates All Saints' Day and employs the rarely heard musical setting for the service by twentieth-century French composer Alfred Desenclos. The service includes prayers for the repose of the souls of people who have died. The Chapel's Vespers Ensemble and Evensong Singers sing the music for the service, accompanied by Chapel Organ Scholar Daniel Jacky.

Desenclos's Messe de Requiem, written in 1963 and published in 1967, mingles elements of Gregorian chant with rich, impressionistic harmonies-showing influences from jazz music as well as fellow French composers Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Duruflé, and Francis Poulenc. Desenclos's setting of the Requiem text, with its powerful imagery and language, includes passages of quiet tenderness alternating with passionate outbursts. The work draws heavily on its adventurous choral writing, and on the kaleidoscopic colors of the organ accompaniment, to create a moving and memorable setting of the Requiem Mass.

Listen on Spotify to a recording of Messe de Requiem by the Choir of King's College London.

Paid parking is available on a first come, first served basis in the Bryan Center Parking Garage at 125 Science Dr. ADA parking is available in the lot in front of the garage.

The service is being held jointly with the Divinity School's Anglican Episcopal House of Studies.

Watch the livestream of the service.