Welcome to Christ Church
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We are members of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester New York, where we live out Bishop Prince Singh’s call for Radical Hospitality, Creative Mission, and Passionate Spirituality.

  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.

In Christ,

The Rev. Ruth Ferguson

 

 

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Parish Community Music Notes and Calendar for March 2015

Our music program publicity team wants to better communicate music program events and activities with the wider community. To enhance this communication, Parish Community Music Notes & Calendar will be sent out to the Christ Church Community two weeks in advance of the upcoming month. We have also signed up with a service that sends Candlelight Concert information via email. We have also enhanced our presence on Facebook, the parish website, and the Eastman School of Music website.

We are a musically rich parish that is fortunate to belong to a tradition that is mindful of the many ways in which music is integral to liturgy. We are distinctive in how we recapture, foster, and teach liturgical music. We do this because we understand the need of passing on vast treasure of human expression to future generations. Our boldness in providing creative, well-integrated, and well-crafted liturgical music is causing more people to participate in the community of Christ Church.

Liturgical music has many functions.  Some of this music is to be listened to in order that people’s minds and hearts may be transformed.  An example of this might be choral, instrumental, and organ works. This is “sound art” that is designed to lift our earth-bound spirits toward the Spirit of God in devotion. This music complements other liturgical pieces and holds the entire worship event in a Divine unity.  Sacred music also contributes in a way similar to other sensory artwork in the church such as stained glass, sculptures, mosaics, vestments, incense and candlelight.  Works of art can connect us to our brothers and sisters throughout history, making centuries present again (which is the sacramental meaning of “remembrance”) for a glimpse of the communion of Saints.  As with us, these people found it important to create beauty through their own expression as well generating meaningful experiences for others.  Listening is not passive: it is an active state of mind that stimulates the whole person; awakening our thoughts, stirring our emotions, and moving us in prayer.  Listening connects us to others as well as ourselves, supporting the entire worship experience in meditation, reflection, contemplation, and Holy gratitude.

Some of our liturgical music is predominantly functional: it simply needs to be executed in order to achieve its goal. This music often declaims sacred texts through ancient plainsong Church Tones. An example of this would be the chanted Gospel, lessons, and prayers. The most important texts of the liturgy were always sung in the early church.   Chanting the liturgy is a carryover from the liturgy in the Jewish Temple. The action of singing sacred texts was the only proper and acceptable method of delivery. It is important to understand that it is the action of chanting that is important, not the beauty of its dispatch. Recapturing this action, once mandatory, gives us new perspective and insight into the liturgy.

Some liturgical music is designed for congregation members to express themselves individually while simultaneously uniting as the voice of the collective body. Hymn singing and chanting the psalms is a fine example of this kind of music making. The visceral action of breathing deeply and letting the voice loudly sound is important to us all. This important action should stand above criticism from others. This is music that has as its goal, the action of performance: it is not designed for listening. This is why the pipe organs of the Baroque era became so dazzling and assertive in its tone. This is why the Craighead-Saunders (process reconstruction) Pipe Organ sounds as it does. The organ’s prominent accompaniment possibilities allow people to be less self-conscious of singing loudly in public. It permits people to engage in an important experience that Walt Whitman noted in Leaves of Grass: “I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world.”





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Next Candlelight Concert: Sunday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m.

Candlelight Concert March 2015

Parish Outreach

A Meal & More serves people in need, free of charge, hot, well-balanced, nutritious meals every Wednesday and Sunday in a safe, inviting and clean environment. Guests include the homeless, disabled, unemployed, elderly, children and anyone needing a helping hand at this time in their lives.

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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.

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Compline at Christ Church

The Schola Cantorum’s singing of Compline and the Candlelight Concert Series was selected as “The coolest, most unusual music experience in the city…” in the D&C’s “Our Top Picks of 2014″.

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.

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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…”.

Schola Top Pick event from Rochester Magazine

 

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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Upcoming Concerts & Events

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