All students, faculty, and staff are invited to the first Thursday Choral Eucharist of term, known as the “University Service.” The Chapel Choir leads the music. The Chaplain gives the sermon. All are welcome, of all faiths and none, of all genders and backgrounds. All are encouraged to wear academic gowns, which can be picked up at the entrance to the Chapel.
Following the service, President Bill Lahey hosts the first Sherry Hour fellowship in the Lodge. Drop by for a glass of sherry and some cheese!
For those who are curious about the nature of the University Service, please read the Chaplain's description of the character of worship in the Chapel and its relation to the Foundation Year Programme:
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 recollection of the intellectual and spiritual history that has shaped it. Thus the chapel’s preaching and ritual makes use of an antiquated 16th century liturgy that gathers up the Greek pagan poetic and philosophical traditions as transmitted through its ancient Christian expression to the late medieval synthesis, and then leans forward toward the early Modern period and finally to the contemporary re-discovery of the sacred and the ‘holy’ in the radically secular experience of students in the 21st century.