Advent & Holy Week

Advent Activities

The four Sundays prior to Christmas Day we mark as a community by reflections written by students, faculty, alums, administrators and friends of Hamilton College. Learn more about Advent reflections.

We also offer two Christmas Services for our community:

Christmas Vespers Service of Lessons and Carols
  • Typically the first Sunday of December at 4 p.m. in the Chapel
  • A Christmas tree decorating party in the chapel precedes this event the Thursday before at 5 pm
Christmas Midnight Mass
  • Typically the second Sunday of December at 11 p.m. in the Chapel

Easter Celebration & What Comes Before Easter

The countdown to Easter begins with Ash Wednesday, 40 days before Easter Sunday – not counting the Sundays – the period of time called Lent. Beginning the day after Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), Ash Wednesday initiates the season of Lent, characterized by self-examination, and the spiritual discipline of fasting, or giving up something important to yourself.

Ash Wednesday Services

  • Ash Wednesday is a holy day in the Catholic tradition, and we hold a mass at noon in the chapel on that day.
  • A Protestant communion service is held at 4 pm on Ash Wednesday in the Meditation Room upstairs in the Chapel.

Imposition of ashes is available at both services.

Holy Week Activities

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, where palms are distributed in all chapel services.

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