Naval Academy Chapel
|Naval Academy Chapel|
Naval Academy Chapel
|Location||101 Cooper Rd
Annapolis, Maryland, United States
|Ecclesiastical or organizational status||Chapel|
The United States Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland, is one of two houses of worship on the grounds of the Navy's service academy. Protestant and Catholic services are held there. The Naval Academy Chapel is a focal point of the Academy and the city of Annapolis. The chapel is an important feature which led to the Academy being designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961.
Traditionally, new third-class midshipmen become "Youngsters" when they sight the chapel dome upon returning from their summer cruise.
In 1940, the Chapel underwent remodeling which doubled the seating capacity to 2,500, to accommodate a larger brigade of midshipmen. From 1853 to 1972, chapel attendance was compulsory. After remodeling, the chapel formed a large cross. The dome over the chapel is copper and the cupola is 200 feet (61 m) above the main altar area.
In 2009 — nearly seventy years after the 1940 renovation and expansion — the chapel underwent an extensive restoration that included the repair of decades-long deterioration. The restoration uncovered the dome's 20 feet (6.1 m)-diameter oculus (round skylight) — situated 121 feet (37 m) above the chapel floor — which had been plastered over for decades because of its deteriorating condition. The cost of the project was nearly $2.5 million, of which $925,000 was donated by the Class of 1969 to cover the cost of replacing the hardwood floors and refinishing the pews. The remaining $2.3 million came from the government.
The two stained-glass windows facing the altar are symbolic. One is of Sir Galahad holding his sheathed sword, portraying the ideals of the naval service. The other signifies the Commission Invisible, a beacon each new officer must follow: Christ is pointing him toward the flag. Four other windows are memorials to LCDR Theodorus Bailey Myers Mason, Admirals David Dixon Porter, David Farragut, and William T. Sampson.
The United States Naval Academy Chapel boasts a 268-rank organ controlled by one of the largest drawknob consoles in the world (522 drawknobs).
John Paul Jones Crypt
On January 26, 1913, the remains of John Paul Jones were interred in the crypt beneath the Chapel, inside a sarcophagus made of 21 short tons (19 t) of Grand Pyrenees marble.
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- Kelly, Earl (October 24, 2009). "Naval Academy Chapel restoration complete: Reopening ceremony Saturday". Capital Gazette Communications, Inc. (HometownAnnapolis.com). Retrieved 2010-03-18. The article includes a photo and slideshow.
- "Postal Service Honors Naval Academy with a 150 Year Anniversary Commemorative Stamp"
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- USNA Chaplain Center webpage
- Midshipmen Religious Organizations. USNA Chaplain Center webpage. Retrieved 2010-03-18.
- Chapel Organ. USNA Music Department webpage. Retrieved 2010-03-18.
- Weddings in the USNA Chapel. USNA Chaplain Center webpage. Retrieved 2010-03-18.
- John Paul Jones Crypt
- USNA 150th-anniversary U.S. postage stamp. USNA website