Spirituality

The Chapel of the Cross supports the growth and nurture of our relationship with God by offering retreats, worship, prayer groups, pilgrimages, and other resources.

Our compline service on Sunday evenings at 9:30 (during the University school year) draws students, members of the community, visitors, parishioners and others. All seekers are welcome.

This ancient rite of Compline is sung in its entirety by a special choir (schola cantorum) that has been gathered solely for this purpose. While Compline is, in a sense, the simplest of services, our observance is perhaps the most radical of our liturgical offerings since it addresses one of the deepest and most urgent imperatives of our lives: the need for openness to the leading of God in moments of genuine transcendence. This openness is the only thing asked of those who come to Compline. Those who come seeking this deeper knowledge of God, from whatever place in their spiritual pilgrimage, are asked only to engage in active, prayerful, spiritual listening and the indwelling of sacred sound. In the extraordinary serenity of this sacred space and time many feel the presence of God.

Our service is offered in a darkened church illuminated by candles and adorned as of old by the sacred smell of incense. It is hoped that this offering will be especially compelling to many of the thousands of students whose lives are lived in close proximity to our church. The service lasts about 25 minutes and is followed by a brief organ voluntary or improvisation.

Retreats and Pilgrimages

The Chapel of the Cross sponsors retreats and pilgrimages throughout the year. Recent retreats have included Lenten retreats to Camp New Hope, a woman’s retreat to the Trinity Center, and a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Reading with a View to Spirituality

Reading with a View to Spirituality is an ecumenical fellowship of spirit seekers. Our work consists of spiritual awakening and deepening, in addition to general maturing and refining. From our readings we hope, not only to glean insights into the how of spiritual existence, but especially we look to be challenged and nudged, and to be exhorted to adopt a way of life. Thus, we read not so much with our minds as with our souls. The authors continually remind us of the attitudes and habits of soul, whereby, alive to grace, we may feel and practice the presence of God each day.

Centering Prayer Group

The Centering Prayer Group meets weekly to practice a contemporary form of an ancient way of silent, contemplative prayer. Meetings are held at 5:00 pm on Tuesdays in Room 1 of the Yates Wing of the parish house, and new members are welcome at any time. For additional information about Centering Prayer, contact Pat Moore.