Calendar of Events Includes Visit from Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
March 22, 2017 [Springfield, Mass.]— Christ Church Cathedral – 35 Chestnut Street, Springfield – has begun celebrating 200 years of worship and service in Springfield. According to the history, “Christ Church Cathedral had its beginning on May 13, 1817, when a chapel on the second floor of a small building on the grounds of the U. S. Armory in Springfield was dedicated. It was due to the determination of the commander of the armory, Col. Roswell Lee, a staunch Episcopalian, that the chapel was founded.” A series of misfortunes left the fledgling congregation unmoored until 1839 when “property at the corner of State and Dwight Streets was purchased and the construction of a new church begun.” Christ Church existed before the creation of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts in 1901. When Massachusetts was effectively split down the middle, Christ Church became the cathedra, or seat of the bishop.
Nine bishops later, the people of Christ Church Cathedral have prepared a host of special events and services. A Sunday concert series, “Sundays at 3:30,” which began on March 19, is the first official event of Christ Church Cathedral’s bicentennial celebration. Organist Joseph O’Berry, Music Director at the Cathedral, will perform again on April 30 and May 21.
Of note in the events listed below is the visit of the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church. Presiding Bishop Curry will celebrate three liturgies on Sunday, October 15.
All events and liturgies are open to the public and members of the press are welcome.
Events celebrating the bicentennial of Christ Church Cathedral
- Sunday, March 26, History Sunday At 8 a.m. and at 10 a.m., we will celebrate 1817 with the “Order for the Administration of the Lord’s Supper” from the 1789 Book of Common Prayer, the same Eucharistic liturgy used 200 years ago. After the 10 a.m. service, historian Fran Gagnon will lead a forum, “Laying the Foundation: What was Springfield like in 1817, and how did this small band of Episcopalians fit into the wider culture?”
- Sunday, April 16, Easter Sunday Naming and recognition of Honorary Canons, clergy and laypersons whose service has contributed to the community and the world. The title “canon” dates from medieval times to denote a key advisor to a bishop or a cathedral community.
- Sunday, April 30, Organ Concert Interim Music Director Joseph O’Berry, organist. Music by living American Hollywood composer Dr. Craig Phillips. Concert at 3:30. Reception 3:00 p.m.
- Friday, May 19, Installation of The Very Reverend Tom Callard as the 8th Dean of Christ Church Cathedral
- Sunday, May 21, Organ Concert by Interim Music Director Joseph O’Berry. French masterworks by Franck, Messiaen, and Guilmant. Concert at 3:30. Reception 3:00 p.m.
- Sunday, June 25, History Sunday At 8 and 10 a.m. we will celebrate 1957 with worship from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and commentary, followed at 11:30 by a panel discussion with those who were part of the community sixty years ago.
- Sunday, September 10, Homecoming Sunday with a joint service at 11 a.m. followed by a community picnic. It will be a special day to welcome back those who have been away, and welcome in new friends.
- Sunday, September 24, Hispanic and Latino Celebration Sunday The Reverend Canon Anthony Guillen, Latino Missioner for The Episcopal Church, will preach and celebrate as part of National Hispanic Heritage month. The new Canon will be celebrated.
- Sunday, October 15, The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church The Most Reverend Michael Curry, will celebrate both in the morning and at an Evensong service. A luncheon reception with Bishop Curry will follow the morning’s service.
- Sunday, November 12, Special Sunday morning “Civic Service” for our elected officials with appreciation for the Cathedral’s history of civic engagement and a commitment to continue our presence in the future