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MGH Chapel
The Chapel offers a place of rest, quietness, and restoration in the middle of a large, busy hospital.

Chapel History

The Right Reverend William Lawrence, retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, realized the need for a chapel at Massachusetts General Hospital in the late 1930s as the White Building was under construction. Convinced of the importance of faith and spirit in healing, he sent over fifteen hundred hand-written letters to friends of the Hospital in March 1939, asking for support "in this bit of pioneer hospital work." Over eight hundred people of all faiths responded. The result of their generosity and Bishop Lawrence's guidance was the Gothic Revival Chapel originally located in the Baker Building, now on the first floor of the Ellison Building.

Bishop Lawrence envisioned that the Chapel would be a "living thing," a place of meditation set apart from the hustle and bustle of the Hospital, where all are welcome. "The simple fact that it, with its beauty, its traditions, its suggestion of mystery and spiritual presence, is in the center of a great Hospital for the healing of bodies, creates an atmosphere throughout the wards, and all who pass by the doors feel it and carry its silent message."

The Chapel doors were first opened to the Hospital community on April 25, 1941. From that date to the present, the Chapel has been open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Now in its second half-century of ministry to the MGH community MGH Chapel celebrates milestone anniversary , the chapel continues to provide "a help to healing of body and spirit."

 

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