Worship with YDS
The YDS community enjoys a range of daily worship opportunities through Marquand Chapel, Nouwen Chapel, and St. Luke’s Chapel.
Marquand Chapel is at the heart of Yale Divinity School. Diverseparticipatory services daily embody the school’s Christian worship values and expose students, faculty, and staff to the teeming expanse of the faith’s music and prayers. As both a worship and educational space, Marquand chapel serves in an unusual dual role. Committed to ecumenical worship, Marquand is a place for regular religious services from a variety of Christian traditions, ranging widely from Lutheran vespers to Catholic foot-washing to Pentecostal praise. It is also a space for students to learn and practice the rhythms, theologies, and practicalities of liturgy and worship leadership. Whether borrowing from Celtic tradition, or New Zealand, Nigeria, Indonesia, or North America, the aim of Marquand liturgy is the same. Marquand Chapel serves as a nexus of Christian spirit past, present, and future, giving students a glimpse of local liturgical possibility, a deeper sense of tradition, and an experience of world Christian solidarity.
Daily worship in Marquand takes place at 10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, and is followed by fellowship and coffee hour in the Common Room. In order to accommodate any student or community member who wishes to participate, there are no classes held during this time each morning. Marquand Chapel services are planned and led by students, faculty, administrators and staff of both Yale Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music. A normal week includes Morning Prayer with preaching on Monday; services of the Word with faculty and student preachers on Tuesday and Thursday; sung Morning Prayer on Wednesday; and Eucharist on Friday.
Marquand Chapel is also the home of the Berkeley Divinity School Evensong on Monday evenings at 5:30pm, as well as Community Eucharist in the Episcopal tradition on Wednesday evenings at 6:00pm. Following Eucharist, the Berkeley Divinity School invites attendees to join them for dinner at the Berkeley Center.
The Nouwen Prayer Chapel is located on the ground floor of the Divinity Library, amidst the stacks and study carrels. This space is open during the day and evening for student prayer and meditation. Lutheran prayer services are held in Nouwen Chapel each Tuesday at 5:15pm. These services are put together through the Lutheran Student Organization and are open to everyone. The Roman Catholic Fellowship also holds weekly prayer services in Nouwen, typically held during the lunch hour at 12:30pm on Wednesdays. Nouwen Chapel is also regularly used for special prayer events, such as vigils, Advent services, and Lenten reflections organized by Yale Divinity School student groups.
St. Luke's Chapel
St. Luke’s Chapel is located in the Berkeley Center, one block from Sterling Divinity Quadrangle at 363 St. Ronan Street, and is the home of most Berkeley Divinity School worship services. When classes are in session, the Berkeley Center hosts Morning Prayer in the Episcopal tradition at 7:30 a.m. each morning. Holy Eucharist follows Morning Prayer on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Evening Prayer is also held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Fridays at 3:30 p.m.
All Yale Divinity School worship services are open to the community.