Pictured here: Episcopal priest and ECC alumna Carla Roland Guzmán returns to Cornell and preaches (C. 2012)
Regular Sunday Services during Fall & Spring term
5 p.m. Eucharist in Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel
Our life together is grounded in the weekly celebration of the Eucharist. Sometimes called Holy Communion or Mass, this ancient ritual brings us together to listen to scripture, be challenged through preaching, confess our faults and be forgiven, to pray for the world and to worship God through music and prayer. As Anglicans we try to walk the middle way – our services combine the majesty of a Catholic Mass with the hymn singing and emphasis on individual understanding of the Protestant tradition.
Our members take an active role in every service – greeting visitors, reading scripture aloud, leading prayers, serving as acolytes, setting up, cleaning up, preaching on occasion – and everyone does a lot of singing. New faces are always welcome – if you don’t know anything about an Episcopal service, we’d be happy to show you the ropes.
Music at ECC
We have been blessed with a long line of superb organists, the glorious acoustics of Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel, and many talented singers. Our schola (choir) is a fluid group made up mostly of undergrads and graduate students who lead the congregation in singing hymns, offer weekly choral anthems, and provide music for special services. Singers are welcome to join the schola at any time.
Our organist is Anna Steppler, a graduate student in organ studies here at Cornell. She began playing the organ on being awarded the Nicholas Maines Organ Scholarship to St Jude on the Hill, the large Parish Church of Hampstead Garden Suburb in North London, gaining her ARCO (Associateship of the Royal College of Organists in the UK) three years later. She holds a first class degree in Music from Oxford University, where she was Organ Scholar of Merton College from 2010-13. During her time at Merton, Anna studied the organ with William Whitehead. In addition to playing for evensong three times a week in Merton’s 13th Century Chapel, she accompanied the choir in many concerts and recordings, including the choir’s first live evensong broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and on tour in various venues around the UK and abroad.
Sunday Night Dinner
Immediately following our worship service, we gather for dinner, either in the ECC lounge or, on special occasions, in the lovely founders room. This is a relaxed gathering ideal for making new friends, catching up with folks we’ve not seen all week, and for faculty, students, and others to develop friendships and relationships outside the pressures of classwork. We love to feast–often with home cooked meals. We have festive meals around the holidays, at graduation, on high holy days, and sometimes just for fun. We even do some dancing from time to time!