Boston University Marsh Chapel

Dear Marsh,

Dear Friends, 

Grace and peace to one and all, with the hope that this will be and become a blessed Lent for us all. We hope you will join us this Saturday, 8pm, March 2, in the nave, for a beautiful Marsh Chapel choir concert. We hope you will come and participate in our seasonal Bible study, Sundays at 9:45am in the Thurman room, beginning March 3. We hope you will choose to receive our daily Lenten devotions, along with the 800 or so who now receive it daily. We hope you will attend our Holy Week services, always a high point in our annual liturgical calendar: Palm Sunday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. We hope you will join us for Brunch on Easter Sunday, 8am-11am

In short, we hope for a truly blessed Lent for you, 2024!


The Rev. Dr. Robert Allan Hill

Dean of Marsh Chapel

Holy Week 2024

The Marsh Chapel Holy week schedule. Palm Sunday, March 24th, 11am Worship. Wednesday, March 27th, 5:00pm Meditative Tenebrae Service. Thursday, March 28th, 6:00pm, Maundy Thursday Service. Friday, March 29th, Noon to 3pm, Good Friday Service, come and go as able. Saturday, March 30th, 7:30PM Easter Vigil with reception of new members. Easter Sunday, March 31st, 7:30am Sunrise Service, 9am and 11am Festival Eucharist Easter Service. The 11am service will be livestreamed.

This Weekend: Scarlatti & Bach

This Saturday night (March 2nd), join the Marsh Chapel Choir at 8pm in the Chapel sanctuary for the first of two Spring concerts, inspired by settings of the Stabat Mater by Domenico Scarlatti. Scarlatti's exquisite composition for 10 solo voices is followed by a Bach re-arrangement of Pergolesi's popular 1736 version, set to Psalm 51.

Join us for a fabulous night of beautiful music featuring our incredibly talented Choral Scholars!

This Concert will also be Livestreamed on our website!

News from the Marsh Office

A note from the Rev. Dr. Jessica Chicka on Ramadan:

Entering into March, we recognize that the holy month of Ramadan will begin for our Muslim siblings on March 10th. Ramadan is observed by Muslims through fasting, prayer, reflection, community, and charity. Marsh Chapel & Religious Life have been collaborating with the Islamic Society of Boston University (ISBU), the Dean of Students office, and BU Dining to provide space for daily prayers and iftar and suhoor meals for students throughout this month. Students will be able to use their meal plan for both suhoor (pre-fast meal in the morning) and iftar (fast-breaking meal in the evening) meals. For students without a meal plan, Marsh Chapel & Religious Life has subsidized the cost of the iftar meals by half so that they are more affordable. Our goal is to ensure that all students have access to the appropriate resources to meaningfully observe their religious traditions.

Chapel Office Updates Ahead!

We are thrilled to announce the Main Marsh Chapel Office is getting a much needed update! The update will include new flooring, fresh paint, and updated signage and furniture. Construction will begin Monday, April 1st. The office will remain open in varying capacities throughout the remodel project, often functioning out of the Thurman or Marsh Rooms. Use of the bathrooms and other lower level spaces will not be disrupted.

We look forward to sharing this new, improved space with you!

Chloe & Heidi

Chapel Community Events in March

March is already set to be a busy month due to Holy Week, Easter, and BU's Spring Break, however, highlighted below are a few opportunities of particular interest to the Chapel Community.

Lenten Bible Study with Bill Cordts

Sundays, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th at 9:45AM

Location: Thurman Room

March Coffee Hour

This Sunday, March 3rd, following the 11am Worship Service.

Location: Chapel Narthex/Entryway

Easter Vigil and the Welcoming of New Chapter Members

Saturday, March 30th, 7:30PM

Location: Robinson Chapel, Lower Level of Marsh

During this service, we will share a time for baptisms and receive new members. Interested in becoming a member of Marsh? Contact Dean Hill.

Easter Brunch

Easter Sunday, March 31st, 8-11AM

Location: Entire Lower Level of Marsh

This brunch is free and a delicious tradition! Don't miss it!

"Lenten Letters"

2024 Lent Devotional Series

The theme of this year's Lenten Devotional series is "Lenten Letters." It is not too late to join the daily email list!

Each year, Marsh Chapel, under the oversight of the Rev. Dr. Jessica Chicka and Rev. Al Carroll, offers a special daily devotional series that incorporates scripture and reflections from members of our staff or the Marsh Community. These devotions are delivered via email and are widely beloved by our community.

If you are not already on the devotional email list, it is not too late! Subscribe Now.

April Preview: Book Group with Ray Bouchard

April 7th, 14th, & 21st at 9:45AM

Location: Thurman Room

Join our good friend, Ray, for a 3 part conversation on Abraham Joshua Heschel's book "Thunder in the Soul." This book is short, approachable, and full of wisdom. Books will be available free-of-charge in the Chapel office beginning on Sunday, March 17th.

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