Duke Chapel reopens Wednesday, May 11, after a yearlong renovation, the first major restoration of the beautiful Gothic building that has been the centerpiece of the Duke University campus since it opened in 1935.
In addition to music and a recorded “Sights and Sounds of Duke University Chapel” with host Frank Stasio of WUNC radio and Chapel Dean Luke Powery, tours of the chapel will be provided during the day.
A ribbon cutting is set for 10 a.m.
Chapel organist Christopher Jacobson will demonstrate the Aeolian Organ at 11 a.m. and a guided tour by Dr. Lois Oliver, lead docent, will begin at 11:30 a.m.
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Noontime prayer with Holy Communion will be followed at 1 p.m. by a Flentrop-Organ demonstration by Robert Parkins, university organist. A guided tour by Caroline Bruzelius, professor of art and art history, will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Powery will speak at 2 p.m. on the preaching tradition at the chapel.
From 2 to 4:30 p.m., Duke University seniors will take part in the longstanding traditional chapel tower climb and will be the first to enjoy the view from the top of the restored chapel.
Chapel organist Christopher Jacobson will provide a Brombaugh Organ demonstration at 3 p.m.
Traditions of Prayer, organized by Religious Life at Duke, is set for 4 p.m. followed at 5 p.m. by a carillon concert by J. Samuel Hammond, chapel carillionneur.
The program with Stasio and Powery will be from 6 to 8 p.m. It will feature a live audience as part of the statewide celebration of the restored chapel as well as conversations with chapel staff and performances by the chapel's own Vespers Choir, Chapel Choir and Evensong Choir.
Chapel staff and special guests will sing the chants of the Compline Service at 8:30 p.m. and a silent hour with guided mindfulness meditations will begin at 9 p.m.
All are invited to gather on the front steps of the chapel at 10 p.m. for Prayers for Peace in Our Time. The chapel doors will be closed for the day and all will be asked to say a prayer. Powery and Christy Lohr Sapp, associate dean for religious life, will lead.
The first Sunday worship service in the renovated chapel will be held at 11 a.m. on Trinity Sunday, May 22.
First Calvary Baptist Church, 1311 Morehead Ave., will celebrate its gospel choirs and choruses through worship, praise and song at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1.
Also coming up next week, Monday through Wednesday, May 2-4, the church will hold its annual spring revival.
Dr. Benjamin Hinton of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Gastonia is the guest preacher. Services will be held at 7 p.m. each day.
Visitors are welcome.
Day of Prayer
Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 N. Church St., in the heart of downtown, will mark the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 5, with an open sanctuary from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This time of prayer, reflection and praise will be guided by periodic music and scripture reading. All are welcome.
NAMIWalks, which raises awareness and money for mental illness, will be held Saturday, May 7, at the Dorothea Dix Campus in Raleigh. Participation is free and open to all.
Faith Connections on Mental Illness, a local interfaith organization invites individuals or faith communities to organize a team and walk on Sunday.
The Triangle Jewish Chorale’s spring concert “Singing the Song of Songs” is coming up at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 8, in the Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road.
“The Song of Songs” is one of the most iconic love poems in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. It has been understood in various ways over the centuries, musically as well as theologically and sensually.
The chorale will center its concert around inspiring musical settings of these beautiful poems.
There is no admission charge for the concert.