Sundays at the Chapel
All are welcome to join us for regular worship services at 11 a.m. on Sunday when school is in session. We also invite you to join us at 3 p.m. on most Sundays for a free Carillon concert.
The Chapel’s Role and History
The Irvine Memorial Chapel serves as a campus reminder of our mission to teach students to approach life thoughtfully and creatively, to develop moral character, to live for something beyond themselves, to value their own spirituality, and to serve others.
Our Chapel is the culmination of 30 years’ worth of dreaming, planning, and working by Dr. William Mann Irvine
, founder and first headmaster (1893–1928) of Mercersburg Academy, and his wife Camille. Designed by Ralph Adams Cram (of Cram and Ferguson), the Chapel was dedicated in 1926 to the memory of Mercersburg alumni killed in World War I. It was rededicated at the Centennial Celebration of the Academy in 1993 as the Irvine Memorial Chapel. The Chapel spire, a replica of St. Mary the Virgin at Oxford, contains one of 163 traditional carillons in the United States.
In addition, to the Easter-morning community Sunrise and Christmas Candlelight Services, the Chapel hosts performances by the 120-voice Mercersburg Area Community Chorus
The entire school community meets frequently in the Chapel for the Chapel Speaker Series. This lecture series features student speakers and distinguished guests from a wide range of professions and religious backgrounds to discuss moral and ethical questions.