Whether you have been a life-long Episcopalian or whether you are curious about how the Church might be relevant and meaningful for you in today’s world, we welcome you. On any given day of the week you may find us carrying hot food from our kitchen to hungry neighbors, or absorbed in the beauty of music and liturgy. You may find us hosting world class musicians through our partnership with the Eastman School of Music, or pulling stones from our garden beds. You may find us deep in study of deChardin’s “The Phenomenon of Man” or driving someone home from the hospital. You will find us both deepening our faith and asking questions; called to both action and contemplation by the words of our Scriptures; and circling around Christ’s Table with all our likenesses and differences as One Body.
Whether you are a sojourner passing by or looking for a parish family, it is my sincere hope you will stop by. We would love to host you.
The Rev. Ruth Ferguson
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Music at Christ Church
Through partnerships and collaborations with the Eastman School of Music, the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, and the Rochester Area Community Foundation, Christ Church is an important center for sacred music performance and education. Please continue to read about our choral and instrumental ensembles, the pipe organs of the Eastman School of Music, and our fellowships and training programs in sacred music.
Compline at Christ Church
The Schola sings the monastic Office of Compline Sunday evenings at 9:00 PM (October through April). The ancient and historic Office of Compline is ideal for the needs of modern daily life. Compline, the most contemplative of the monastic offices, marks the close of the “Hours of the Divine Office”. Members of the Schola Cantorum, faculty and students of the Eastman School of Music play organ preludes to Compline each Sunday evening at 8:50 P.M. Candlelight Concerts precede Compline at 8:30 PM on the first Sunday of the month.
LITURGY & MUSIC on Sunday, March 5, 2015 (Lent III B)
EUCHARIST: 11:00 a.m. (with choir, organs, and instruments)
The heavens declare the glory of God, * and the firmament shows his handiwork.
The Third Sunday in Lent takes us to the place God lays out the Commandments to Moses. These appear to be the heart of the Covenant God makes with the people of Israel, in essence the conditions under which God agrees to be their God. Paul makes it clear in this piece from the 1st Letter to the Corinthians that the willingness of Jesus to accept the people’s rejection of his message and the deadly consequences of that rejection turns everything upside down. Now, those who accept God’s unconditional love are to be the New People of God. Jesus Christ is the heart, or cornerstone of that New Covenant. The Gospel previews God’s intent to “clear the decks” and open the Kingdom of Heaven to all who put their trust in Christ.
Music: The Christ Church Choir, VanDelinder Fellows, and the Christ Church Baroque Consort, Christ Church Youth Ensemble
Prelude: Sarabande on ‘Land of Rest’ by Gerald Near (b. 1942)
Kyrie Eleison (Berliner Messe) by Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)
Psalm 19: 7 – 14, Caeli enarrant Tone II
Offertory Motet: Non nobis, Domine by William Byrd (c.1542/3-1623)
Agnus Dei: (Berliner Messe) by Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)
Communion Anthem: Like as the Hart by Herbert Howells (1892 – 1983)
Postlude: Grand Plein Jeu by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749)
COMPLINE at 9:00 p.m. sung by the Christ Church Schola Cantorum
Music at Compline this Sunday with guest Baroque instrumentalists: Boel Gidholm (violin), Justin Neely (Sackbut), and Christopher Haritatos (Cello)
Prelude played by organist Amanda Mole
Te lucis ante terminum, Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)
Crucifixus (8-part), Antonio Lotti (ca. 1667-1740)
Nunc dimittis, Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
Ave Regina, plainsong Mode 6
Deo Gratias, William Byrd (1543-1623)
The Schola Cantorum’s singing of Compline and the Candlelight Concert Series was selected by Rochester Magazine’s “Our Top Picks of 2014″ as “The coolest, most unusual music experience in the city…”.
VanDelinder Prize Winner 2013-14 We are extremely happy to announce that Käthe Wright Kaufman is the first ever recipient of the Roy E. VanDelinder, Jr. Prize in Liturgical Organ Skills at Christ Church. This program provides vocational training and development for Eastman organ student(s) who are pursuing a career in liturgical music. It is made possible by a generous gift from the Roy E. VanDelinder, Jr. Fund of Rochester Area Community Foundation.
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