Chapel News September 2012

Welcome to new students and staff, and welcome back to all those returning!

Orientation week materials

Copies of the Fall 2012 customary, the Experimental/Alternative liturgy booklets, a guide to reading the Rota, and several other handouts are available on the counter outside the sacristy in Gibbs. Please help yourself if you want any of the copies – there are lots of extras.

Morning prayer sign-ups

The calendar for morning prayer officiants and lectors is up on the office side. Please sign up for a couple slots if you are able to make it to morning prayer. Also, if you are interested in a Spanish language morning prayer, please let the Dean of Chapel know. If we have sufficient people interested (both to learn and to lead), we can make arrangements for that on a weekly basis. 

Assisting sacristans

We have some tight class schedules in relation to liturgies this semester – if you are assigned as an assisting sacristan and will be late (11:00 for an 11:30 liturgy; 5:10 for a 5:45 liturgy), make sure you let the sacristy know. Often the before and after duties can be split to allow for scheduling.

Chapel seating

A reminder to move to the front on the office side of the chapel (for morning and evening prayer) to allow for guests and late-comers to sneak in by the door (and the same on the Eucharistic side – please move in to the middle and in to the pew so that others can get in as they arrive. We will be a tight fit on Thursday evenings – feel free to put hymnals/BCPs in a stack or in the book racks to allow for 4 people to sit in a pew – thanks!

September 11 Eucharist

On the 11th anniversary of 9/11, we will be using the propers for the “Common for Reconciliation and Forgiveness.” This day also marks the first of the fall’s senior preachers, Jason Lucas will be preaching. 

Experimental/Alternative liturgies

This month there will be several liturgies to watch for: on Monday the 17th, there will be a “Hip-Hop Evening Prayer” and on Friday the 28th, another experimental evening prayer. The Fundamentals of Worship class will prepare and lead two alternative evening prayers, the first on the 18th and the second on the 25th.

"Come Holy Spirit" - Holy Spirit Holy Eucharist!

On Thursday 6 September we will celebrate our first Thursday Holy Eucharist with propers for the Holy Spirit. This has been a ‘mostly-annual’ observance at CDSP as a way to begin the year by calling down the Holy Spirit on our academic and spiritual endeavors this academic year. This tradition, also known as the “Red Mass”, dates back to the 13th century to the founding of several European universities, most notably Paris. The tradition spread to England by the early 14th century, and the first recorded celebration in the United States dates from 1877.

Although now observed by many different academic fields and in a variety of denominational settings, the Holy Spirit Mass was originally linked to the law profession, and was focused on praying for justice – that judges, courts, lawyers and others - would practice justice and show mercy to those who came before them. The “red” is, of course, the color of the vestments for the Holy Spirit, and the association of the liturgical color later influenced the wearing of red in some court traditions.

This type of liturgy is also known as a “votive” liturgy, in that the propers are optional in use for particular occasions, “not to observe a feast or season of the liturgical year but to celebrate a chosen devotional theme or to petition for a particular intention (votum). (See Bradshaw, The New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy & Worship, 472).

The opening hymn summarizes our prayers and hopes for this coming year:

Come down, O Love divine
Seek thou this soul of mine
And visit it with thine own ardor glowing
O Comforter, draw near, within my heart appear
And kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn,
till earthly passions turn to dust and ashes in its heat consuming
And let thy glorious light shine ever on my sight
And clothe me round, the while my path illuming. 

And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long
Shall far outpass the power of human telling;
For none can guess its grace,
till Love create a place wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.

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