Advent begins the liturgical year and is observed at Covenant in reflective services on the four Sundays preceding Christmas. A long-standing Covenant tradition is the inclusion of numerous banners which are processed and displayed in these services. The choir offers a special extended presentation of music on one of these four Sundays.
On Christmas Eve, the congregation gathers for its most casual service of the year. Children of all ages are included in a telling of the Christmas story and a variety of spoken and musical offerings are included. The celebration concludes with a candle-lighting ritual and the singing of carols.
The liturgical season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, an occasion Covenant observes in our annual Ash Wednesday service at the Rothko Chapel. This solemn time of worship includes the traditional imposition of ashes and the sharing of communion as well as a capella offerings by the Covenant Singers.
Other services are included as a part of our Lenten offerings. Palm/Passion Sunday (the Sunday before Easter) includes a juxtaposed service of celebration and grief. A somber Good Friday Tenebrae Service on the Friday before Easter reflects on the crucifixion story in a service of diminishing light.
On Easter we celebrate the resurrection, affirming our belief in the power of life over death.