Each week there are many opportunities for worship in the Chapel. In addition to the list below, special seasonal services allow the community to live through the Church calendar each year as we seek the continuing conversion of our souls. Is the Chapel Anglican?
Monday to Friday – 8:00 AM, Noonday, 5:00 PM
The daily offices – that is, "services" or "works" of prayer – are led by students every weekday morning, noon, and evening. Each office is structured around communal recitation of Psalms and two readings from elsewhere in the Bible. Regular participation in the daily offices shapes our thoughts, prayers, and desires according to the patterns of Scripture. Morning Prayer lasts about twenty-five minutes, Noonday Prayer about seven minutes, and Evening Prayer about seventeen minutes. The offices are often sung rather than said, which makes them slightly longer, and a student often gives a reflection on the readings or a meditation on our human condition at Evening Prayer on Fridays.
Monday and Tuesday – 9:30 PM
Compline is a late-evening service, which marks the end of the day's work and the beginning of a restful night. It is sung by candlelight, led by a small choir of women on Mondays and men on Tuesdays, and lasts about twenty minutes. Compline is an excellent occasion to unburden oneself from the difficulties of the day, you will find yourself simultaneously in peaceful solitude in the darkened chapel and deeply supported by the gathered community.
Wednesday – 5:00 PM
Choral Evensong is a 45 minute service of Evening Prayer at which the King's College Chapel Choir leads in the singing of an Introit, Psalms, two Canticles, Preces (versicles and responses), an Anthem, and an organ Voluntary. There are two readings from Scripture and two hymns. The beauty of the choir surrounds the reading of the inspired text in a way that has spoken to the longing of the human heart for five centuries.
Thursday – 5.00 PM (Evening Prayer at 4:45)
This is the main service of the week - "the University Service" or "College Communion" for all students on campus. In the university chapel tradition, the style of corporate worship is peculiar to the college setting: richly poetic, liturgical, challenging, and countercultural. It is unlike conventional Christian worship outside the university. The Chapel Choir sings some of the best-loved liturgical music from the Renaissance to the present, and a college-style sermon is preached. This is the main weekly liturgical gathering of our College in a collegial contemplation. We gather afterwards in the Senior Common Room for conversation and refreshments.
Sunday – 11:00 AM (Morning Prayer at 10:45)
The Rev'd Dr. Thomas Curran or the Chaplain celebrates the Holy Communion in a simple, intimate fellowship. Sometimes, a student choir is formed to lead musical worship. This is an opportunity to welcome and worship alongside members of the broader Halifax community.
Daily Holy Communion
The mystery of the Holy Communion, by which we are made partakers with Christ of the divine life and and members one of another, is central to the life and mission of the Chapel. As such, there is a simple, short Holy Communion service every day (without choir and sermon) during which we reflect quietly and inwardly on the Gospel for the week.