Memorial Church of Harvard University, Boston

Memorial Church of Harvard University, Boston

Memorial Church was dedicated on Armistice Day 1932. It was a gift from Harvard alumni who wanted to honor those who died in World War 1. It also filled a vital need for students seeking an appropriate place to worship. Prior to Memorial Church, the university had a chapel that was too big for daily prayer and too small for Sunday services.

University architects Coolidge, Shepley, Bulfinch & Abbott designed the church. It was built to complement the imposing Widener Library. As a memorial to alumni who died during World War I, 373 names are engraved next to the affecting sculpture named The Sacrifice. Since the building's dedication, other memorials have been added to memorialize alumni who lost their lives in later wars. There are memorials for World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

The church offers weekly choral music. Morning prayers are held Monday through Friday, and multi-denominational services are held every Sunday. Compline evening prayers are held the first Thursday of every month. The Harvard University choir sings at this traditional candlelit service.

All services are free and open to the public.

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Sight Location: Boston, USA (See walking tours in Boston)
Sight Type: Religious
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