Dove, in remembrance

In Remembrance

October 22, 2019
November 3 marks the observance of the celebration of All Saints and All Souls. In the Sunday Service program that day, the Memorial Church will list the names of those who have died in the past year who have been significant in some way in the lives of members of this community. If you wish someone to be remembered, please submit names online no later than Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 5 pm by visiting ... Read more about In Remembrance
University Choir Auditions at Harvard Memorial Church

Students: Sing with the University Choir!

August 19, 2019

All Harvard students are invited to audition for the Harvard University Choir!

For over 180 years, the Harvard University Choir has provided a unique opportunity for student singers to perform diverse choral literature at the highest level, both in concert and during the services of the Memorial Church. Its program of daily and weekly choral services, tours, commissions, and recordings make it one of the leading college chapel ensembles in the United States.

Recent seasons have included Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus, Gluck’s Alceste, the U.S...

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The mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photograph: Google Maps

Statement in response to New Zealand Mosque shooting

March 15, 2019

Dear Friends:

The clergy, staff, and congregants of the Memorial Church of Harvard University sit in sorrow and solidarity with our Muslim siblings. Our hearts ache and our souls lament for the dozens of precious lives murdered by a gunman in New Zealand. All words seem cliché and trite. That this vicious attack occurred within a place of prayer and worship only further negates the customary, “our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

Nevertheless, pray, we must. Love, we must. An ethic of love is the only formidable force against hate, intolerance, and injustice. We...

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Carol Service

Watch the Carol Service on NBC on Christmas

December 21, 2018

The 108th Annual Christmas Carol Service will air on NBC stations throughout the country on Christmas.

We are pleased to announce a special airing of last year's 108th Annual Christmas Carol Service, in collaboration with the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission, to broadcast on Christmas on NBC affiliated television stations throughout the U.S.

Click here to find the time that local NBC stations will broadcast the service...

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Epiphany by Janet McKenzie

Christmas at the Memorial Church

November 30, 2018

The Christmas Season is here! Save the date for our upcoming Christmas services.

Christmas Carol Services

The 109th Annual Christmas Carol Services will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec.11 at 8 p.m. Doors will open one hour before each service. Admission is free and open to the public; an offering for charity is collected. The Dec. 9 service will be broadcast live on Harvard's radio station WHRB 95.3 FM and via Internet streaming at


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Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue

Statement from the Professor's Desk

October 29, 2018

Friends of the Memorial Church Community:

We just experienced a tragic week in what has been a tumultuous year of a traumatic decade. Politically motivated pipe-bombs, the assassination of two Kentucky residents by a white supremacist, and the unconscionable slaying of eleven Jewish sisters and brothers inside of their synagogue have left all people of goodwill breathless. We live in a theatre of terror. That the leadership of this nation appears to inflame rather than extinguish the embers of anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and discrimination only pours salt in our...

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