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St. James Woodstock University to Host Cambridge’s Downing College Chapel Choir at Liturgy Festival, July 12-15

St. James Woodstock University to Host Cambridge’s Downing College Chapel Choir at Liturgy Festival, July 12-15: Complete Event Details Now Available!

From Contemplation to Celebration: The Power of Words, Music and Silence in Worship and Prayer

WOODSTOCK, Vermont – From July 12–15, St. James Episcopal Church will host members of the University of Cambridge’s (UK) Downing College Chapel Choir as part of the church’s sixth Liturgy Festival. The event will include a keynote speaker and workshops with topics ranging from meditation practices to communal and celebratory worship, as well as a selection of daily services.

The Downing College Chapel Choir, a mixed-voice choir, will perform a choral evensong on its own and will also be singing with the St. James Choir and performing a choral concert with other Woodstock area choruses at Woodstock Town Hall Theater. In addition to the performances of the Downing Choir, the visiting organist will give a recital at St. James Church.

Downing College in the University of Cambridge has a rich history dating back to its founding in 1800 at the bequest of Sir George Downing. Located in the center of the city, the college community is comprised of committed scholars, students, and current and future leaders in their fields. The Chapel at Downing College is a beautiful element of the campus and is a key component in the musical life of the college. The Downing College Choir comprises students from the college and sings both in the UK and abroad.

The Liturgy Festival is open to all and free of charge.

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Liturgy Festival Schedule of Events

Thursday, July 12

5:00 p.m. – Choral Evensong: Downing College Choir and St. James Choir

6:00 p.m. – Keynote Presentation

7:00 p.m. – Reception: St. James Parish Hall

Friday, July 13

9:00 a.m.  Morning Prayer with The Rev. Betty Berlenbach

10:00 a.m. Session 1: Role of Silence and Meditation in Prayer and Worship, St. James Parish Hall

1:00 p.m.  Session 2: Role of Music in Prayer and Worship, St. James Parish Hall

3:00 p.m.  Session 3: The Word in Prayer and Worship, St, James Parish Hall

5:00 p.m. Chanted Compline/Vespers, followed by an Organ Recital

Saturday, July 14

10:00 a.m. Interdenominational Meditation Workshop with the Rock Point Wisdom Group

2:00 p.m.  Books and the Word – Woodstock Library Exhibit Talk, Dr. Hester Gelber, Professor Emerita of Religious Studies, Stanford University

Sunday, July 15

10:00 a.m.  Festival Eucharist with Downing College Choir and St. James Choir
(no 8:00 a.m. service on this day)

5:00 p.m.  Choral Evensong 2, Downing Choir and St. James Church

In the featured photo: The Downing College Chapel Choir

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