Each week there are many opportunities for worship in the Chapel. In addition to the list below, special seasonal services allow the community to live through the Church calendar each year. Is the Chapel Anglican?
Monday to Friday – 8:00 AM, 12:00 noon, & 5:00 PM
The daily offices – that is, “services” or “works” of prayer – are led by students every weekday morning, noon, and evening. Each office is structured around recitation of Psalms and two readings from in the Bible. Morning Prayer lasts about twenty-five minutes, Noonday Prayer about seven minutes, and Evening Prayer about eighteen minutes. The offices are sometimes sung rather than said. On Fridays at Evening Prayer, a student usually gives a reflection or meditation, and the service is concluded with a shape note hymn led by the Shape Note Choir.
Monday and Tuesday – 9:30 PM
Compline is a late-evening service, which marks the end of the day's work and the beginning of a restful night. It is sung by candlelight, led by a small choir of women on Mondays and of men on Tuesdays, and lasts about twenty-five minutes. Compline is an felicitous occasion to unburden oneself from the difficulties of the day.
Wednesday – 5:00 PM
Choral Evensong is an hour-long service of Evening Prayer in which certain elements of the service are sung by the Chapel Choir. The experience is not dissimilar to an hour-long concert of music from the Renaissance to the 20th century. There are two readings from Scripture and two hymns. The beauty of the choir surrounds the reading of the inspired text in a way that has spoken to the longing of the human heart for five centuries.
Wine Before Breakfast
Wednesday – 7:40 AM – SUB, room 224
A contemporary Eucharist, using a form of worship similar to what is commonly found in Anglican parish churches (from the Anglican Book of Alternative Services). Instead of a sermon, there is space to reflect together in discussion on the week's readings. The service is followed by breakfast together. Wine Before Breakfast is a project of the Dalhousie Anglican Society.
Thursday – 5.00 PM (Evening Prayer at 4:45 PM)
This is the main service of the week - the “University Service” for all students and faculty on campus. In the university chapel tradition, the style of corporate worship is peculiar to the college setting: richly poetic, liturgical, challenging, and countercultural. The Chapel Choir sings some of the best-loved liturgical music from the Renaissance to the present. This is the main weekly liturgical gathering of our College. We gather afterwards in the Senior Common Room for conversation and refreshments.
Sunday – 11:00 AM (Morning Prayer at 10:45)
The Rev'd Dr. Thomas Curran celebrates the Holy Communion in a simple, intimate fellowship. A student choir leads the worship through music (contact Alan Rempel at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to sing!). This is an opportunity to welcome and worship alongside members of the broader Halifax community.
Daily Holy Communion
Monday at 5:00 PM; Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:00 AM; & Friday at 12:15 noon
The mystery of the Holy Communion, by which we are made partakers with Christ of the divine life and and members one of another, is central to the life and mission of the Chapel. As such, there is a simple, short Holy Communion service every day (without choir or sermon) during which we reflect quietly and inwardly on the Gospel for the week.