Is the Chapel Anglican?
Historically and formally, yes. Today and de facto, no.
The chapel’s unique, lively and engaging ritual of ‘the Other’ and cosmic ‘transcendence’ developed in the 1970s, intentionally embracing the pedagogical conviction of the newly formed Foundation Year Programme that the contemporary can be fully experienced only through a thoughtful recollection of the intellectual and spiritual history that has shaped it. Thus the chapel’s ritual and preaching makes use of an inspired poetic 16th century liturgy, little in current use. This 'antiquated' liturgy intentionally gathers up the Greek pagan poetic and philosophical traditions as transmitted through its ancient Christian expression of the undivided church (1st to 5th century) to the late medieval synthesis (given expression in Dante’s Divine Comedy). A commentary on this liturgy in the late 16th century reveals this intent. But this same liturgy also participates in, and gives expression to, the philosophical leaning of the sixteenth century toward the emergence of the subjective of the early Modern period. Finally, this Liturgy is experienced by contemporary students as true to the re-discovery of the transcendent, the sacred and the holy in the radically secular 21st century.