Choral Solemn Eucharist (THe University Service)

Thursdays, 5:00 pm (Evening Prayer at 4:45)

This is the main service of the week - the “University Service” for all students and faculty on campus. In the collegiate chapel tradition, the style of worship is peculiar to the college setting: richly poetic, liturgical, and countercultural. The Chapel Choir sings some of the best-loved liturgical music from the Renaissance to the present. We gather afterwards in the Senior Common Room for conversation and refreshments.

Choral Evensong

Wednesdays, 5:00 pm

Choral Evensong is an hour-long service of Evening Prayer, sung to some of the best-loved choral sacred music from the Renaissance to the present day. The service is centred around the recitation of psalms to choral Anglican Chant, two readings of Scripture, and a choral anthem. 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.

 
 

Compline

Mondays & Tuesdays, 9:30 pm

Compline is a short (27-minute), contemplative service, sung by candlelight, that emphasizes spiritual peace. It is offered when the work of the day is ended and the sun has set, when the quiet of evening settles on the hearts and minds of those assembled to give thanks for the blessings of the past day. Compline is the final service of the day in the Christian tradition of canonical hours. The word ‘Compline’ is derived from the Latin completorium, since the service marks the completion of the day.

Compline is led on Mondays by the Women’s Compline Choir and on Tuesdays by the Men’s Compline Choir. The Women’s Compline Choir is composed of students, and is a simple, drop-in affair. Contact Maria Bartholomew if you would like to join.

 
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Daily Offices

Weekdays at 8:00 am, 12:00 noon, and 5:00 pm

The daily offices of Morning Prayer, Midday Prayers, and Evening Prayer are led by students Monday through Friday at 8:00 am, 12:00 noon, and 5:00 pm respectively. Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer are simple services, 30 minutes long, usually said (rather than sung), that centre around the recitation of psalms and the reading of Scripture. Midday Prayers is a simple 7-minute prayer service that offers a brief respite from the labours of the day. ‘Office’ here comes from a Latin word meaning ‘work’ or ‘service’ — i.e. of prayer, the work of the monastery. The Daily Offices of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer are intended to be a reconstitution of the daily pattern of prayer of a monastery in a form that can be kept up at any church.

Holy Communion. On Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, and Thursday evenings, the office is shortened, and is followed immediately by Holy Communion. On Thursday evenings, shortened Evening Prayer begins at 4:45 so that the Choral Holy Communion may begin at 5:00. On Wednesday evenings, Evening Prayer is sung by the Chapel Choir, and thus called Evensong.

Sung offices on Fridays; student meditations. On Fridays, Morning Prayer is sung to plainchant, including the psalms, and this is followed by the sung Litany. Evening Prayer on Fridays is also sung to plainchant. In addition, every Friday at Evening Prayer during term, a student gives a meditation on a topic of their choosing.

 
 

Sunday MOrning Worship

Sundays, 11:00 am (Morning Prayer at 10:45)

The Rev'd Dr. Thomas Curran, beloved lecturer and FYP tutor, celebrates the Holy Communion in a simple, intimate fellowship. Afterwards there are coffee and tea and refreshments to gather over convivially in the Senior Common Room.

A student choir leads the worship through music – contact Alan Rempel if you wish to sing! The choir is fairly casual and has a low time commitment – a perfect option for one who has always wanted to sing in a church choir, but never known where to start. The music is accompanied by the Chapel’s Organ Scholar, Gabriel O’Brien.