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Lampman Chapel

Lampman Chapel, a smaller, more intimate space, is available to the seminary community around the clock for meditation and prayer. Students and staff organize a variety of worship services on a regular basis throughout the week, supplementing the larger services of James Chapel.

Lampman Chapel Schedule

Gregorian Chant Vespers

Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.
Sung by the Women’s Schola Cantorum
Directed by Mim Warden

Union Theological Seminary’s Schola Cantorum (“school of singing”) chants Vespers once a week, using the modern English of the Book of Common Prayer set to traditional Gregorian chant. Scripture lessons are chanted from Inclusive Lectionary Texts.

The center of Vespers is the chanting of the Psalms, originally composed as texts to be sung. Week by week, the Schola sings its way through the 150 psalms (with some digressions for the liturgical calendar). Doing so has been an opportunity to become more and more familiar with the extraordinary range of experiences, emotions, and faithfulness expressed by the psalmist. Equally important in the service are the silences, opportunities to meditate on texts or on the silence itself.

You may participate in this cycle of prayer and silence either by chanting in the Schola or by attending as a congregant and listening with intention. You are most welcome to enter the service in either way.

If you would like to consider joining the Women’s Schola, please contact  Mim Warden.

Although previous choral experience is desirable, the directors are willing to teach chanting to persons who have not sung before.

Eucharistic Service in the Roman Catholic Tradition

Sundays, 8:30 p.m.

On Sunday nights during the academic year there will be a Eucharistic service in Lampman Chapel in the Catholic tradition. We begin at 8:30 p.m. sharp. Everyone is welcome at this liturgy where the readings of the lectionary are read and we talk about them, a Eucharistic prayer is read and a communion service follows. Please join us at any given Sunday during the semester. The service is a quiet and reflective time before the beginning of the week.

Eastern-Orthodox Service of the Jesus Prayer

Wednesdays, 6:15-6:45 p.m. 
John McGukin, Professor at Union Theological Seminary

The Eastern-Orthodox Chaplaincy of St. Gregory the Theologian at Union/Columbia meets for the Service of the Jesus Prayer (Prayer of the Heart) on Wednesdays. This is an ancient and meditatively quiet service of prayer, with incense and candles. All are welcome.

Orthodox Divine Liturgy

Sundays, 10:15 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.
John McGuckin, Professor at Union Theological Seminary

T.I.M.E.S. Intercessory Prayer Group

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m. (beginning February 10, 2012)
Valerie Ross, vr2305@columbia.edu

T.I.M.E.S, a group established by students, comes together with a spirit of intentionality to:

    • Testify of their faith in Jesus Christ;
    • Intercede on each other’s behalf in prayer;
    • Meditate on biblical scripture while ministering to the needs of their circle;
    • Edify each other’s spiritual gifts as it enables them to discern God's given-purpose;
    • Support each other’s spiritual and academic development in a safe and sacred space.



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