Special Services


Matriculation Service

Sunday, August 31 ~ 11:00 a.m. ~ Nave

Marsh Chapel welcomes students back to Boston University with a special Sunday morning service in their honor.


Parents’ Weekend Service

Sunday, October 19 ~ 11:00 a.m. ~ Nave

Parents of Boston University students are welcomed at this service, which is followed by a luncheon in the Oxnam Room in the School of Theology.


World AIDS Day Vigil

Monday, December 1 ~ 6:00 p.m. ~ Nave

Join us for a commemoration of World AIDS Day 2014 as we vigil together in readings, testimonies, prayers, song, silence, and a special address from a leader in fighting the global AIDS epidemic.


A “Blue Christmas” Service

Sunday, December 7 ~ 3:00 p.m. ~ Nave

This service is a time when we can recognize the “blue” feelings we may have during the Christmas season, acknowledge the reasons for them, and offer these feelings to God. In the midst of the surrounding holiday cheer, some of us mourn a loved one, or feel particularly lonely in our challenges, or struggle with the dark and the cold. In this service, we share in song, scripture, prayer, candlelight, reflection, and the solace and hope of knowing that we are not alone.


A Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols

Friday, December 12 ~ 6:00 p.m. ~ Nave
Sunday, December 14 ~ 11:00 a.m. ~ Nave

Join the Boston University community for the Forty-First Annual Service of Lessons and Carols. The liturgy takes as its model the famous service from King’s College, Cambridge and is one of the most popular University events of the year. An open house at The Castle follows the Sunday service on Dec. 14.


Christmas Eve Services

Wednesday, December 24 ~ 12:00 noon/7:30 p.m. ~ Nave

Marsh Chapel’s annual Christmas Eve services are both a time of quiet meditation and an occasion for joyful celebration. In addition to our annual 7:30 p.m. service, we now also offer a 12:00 noon service, convenient families with children and Boston University employees leaving for the winter break. Music at the 7:30 p.m. service is provided by the Marsh Chapel Thurman Choir.