All events will take place in the Sanctuary of The Brick Presbyterian Church, which is on the corner of Park Avenue and 91st Street.
For further information, contact us at 212-289-4400, ext. 231.
The Candlelight Carol Service
Each Advent Season, candlelit elegance envelopes The Brick Church’s sanctuary for our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols featuring the professional voices of The Brick Church Choir. Organists accompany the choir on our acclaimed Coignet-Casavant Frères pipe organ. This service of traditional Advent and Christmas sacred music is a cherished Brick Church tradition and one that brings beauty, peace, and joy amidst the busy holiday season.
Service of Holy Communion and Tenebrae
On Maundy Thursday, a service of worship is held in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. to mark Jesus Christ’s Last Supper with his disciples and to remember his betrayal, suffering and impending death. The service includes a sermon by one of the Brick Church pastors, the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and the traditional service of Tenebrae, which uses the symbol of progressive darkness to mark the betrayal, passion and death of Jesus Christ. After each reading during the Tenebrae service, the Chancel Choir presents a choral meditation on the reading. After each choral meditation, lights are progressively extinguished in the Sanctuary. The final reading ends with complete darkness in the Sanctuary and the tolling of the bell 33 times to represent Christ’s death. Our most somber service of the year at Brick Church, this profoundly moving and beautifully service is the Holy Week equivalent to our Advent Lessons and Carols service.
Good Friday – 12:15 P.M.
“The Crucifixion” by Sir John Stainer
A Good Friday tradition at Brick Church for almost a century, Sir John Stainer’s Lenten choral meditation, “The Crucifixion”, will be performed by the professional choir of the Brick Church. Premiered in 1887, “The Crucifixion” is a fixture of the English choral scene. Musicians today still enjoy performing choruses such as “Fling Wide the Gates” and careers have been founded on The Crucifixion’s baritone and tenor solos. The chorus “God so loved the World” enjoys an independent existence as an anthem in parish choirs across the globe; a minor classic in its own right and a beautifully expressive piece of choral writing. Please join us for this 75-minute service of sacred music. A free-will offering is received. Childcare will be available upon request. For further information, call 212-289-4400, ext. 231. (Concerts can be viewed in our archives here).