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.
MUSIC on Sunday, March 1, 2015 (Lent II B)
EUCHARIST: 11:00 a.m.
Prelude: Piano Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob.XVI:46, II. Adagio; Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Evan Ritter, Piano
Kyrie Eleison (Berliner Messe) Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)
Psalm 22:22-26 Deus, Deus meus (Improvised organ accompaniment)
Offertory Motet: Adoramus te, Christe Quirino Gasparini
Agnus Dei: (Berliner Messe) Arvo Pärt
Communion Motet: Locus site by Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Postlude: Fugue in D Minor, Op. 37, No. 3/II; Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847). Thatcher Lyman, Craighead-Saunders Organ
The Christ Church Choir, VanDelinder Fellows, and the Christ Church Baroque Consort
Portions of the readings for the day begin by eminding us that through The Divine power of Love, the infinitely powerful creative God, gives Abraham the promise that he will be the father of many peoples through the lifeline created by Sarah’s late in life child. In the portion from Romans, Paul connects the Christ events with this ages old promise to Abraham as the critical means by which the promise to Abraham is being fulfilled. In Mark, Jesus reveals that willing surrender of oneself to God is the path to receive the inheritance of the promise made to Abraham that in him would blessing come, the blessing of a holy and eternally abundant life.
CANDLELIGHT CONCERT: 8:30 p.m.
Baroque String Duos, Boel Gidholm & Christopher Haritatos
COMPLINE: 9:00 p.m.
Christ Church Schola Cantorum Stephen Kennedy, director
Te lucis ante terminum by Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)
Libera nos by John Sheppard (1515-1558)
Nunc dimittis by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
Ave Regina, plainsong Mode 6
Deo Gratias by 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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