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About worship in the Chapel

Services in the Chapel are held according to the rites of the Church of England, but anyone of whatever faith (or none) is welcome to attend, and Christians of all denominations are welcome to receive Holy Communion. All services in the Chapel are open to the public.

During Full Term, services are sung by the Chapel Choir as follows:

Sunday 6.00 pm: College Evensong

Monday 6.00 pm: Choral Evening Prayer

Tuesday 6.00 pm: Choral Evensong

Wednesday 9 pm: Compline (Night Prayer)

Thursday 6.00 pm: Choral Evensong or Choral Eucharist

During Full Term, Morning Prayer is said at 8.15 am, Monday to Friday. There are typically no choral services in the University vacations (except as advertised), but Compline continues to be sung during the vacations.

About worship in the Chapel

Choral Evensong (or ‘College Evensong’ on Sundays) is a service of Evening Prayer in traditional language, sung throughout. It consists of several dialogues between the minister and choir, a psalm, readings from the Old and New Testaments, two canticles (the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis from the Gospel of Luke), and an anthem. On Sundays there is a sermon, often from a visiting preacher. There is an opportunity to meet the preacher and enjoy a drink after the service. Choral Evening Prayer is a shorter form of Evening Prayer in contemporary language.

The Eucharist (also known as the Mass, or Holy Communion), which takes its name from the Greek word for ‘thanksgiving’, is the central act of worship of the Christian Church. There are readings from the Bible, a brief homily, prayers, and the re-enactment of the Last Supper, with the distribution of the body and blood of Christ. The Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the Chapel.

Compline, or Night Prayer, follows an ancient pattern of psalms, readings, and prayers which dates back to the time of St Benedict (author of the Rule on which the life of our predecessor, Gloucester College, was based). It is chanted, typically by a small group, by candlelight.