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Chapel services

Everyone is welcome to come to Chapel services, which take place regularly during term time and on special occasions throughout the year. 

Details of forthcoming services are posted below, including information on how to attend in person or online.

Download the Chapel Term Card 

Find out about this term's Evensong sermon series

Here are the next few services: 

Luminaria - Tuesday 24th January, 6.30pm

A beautiful, candlelit service, sung by our Girls' Choir
You are welcome to attend in person or join online 

Night Songs - Thursday 26th January at 9.30pm

Music from the Chapel Choir and College musicians, all by candlelight, followed by port/juice
You are welcome to attend in person or join online 

Holy Communion - Sunday 29th January at 10am 

Music from the Chapel Choir, a short sermon, and followed by brunch in the dining hall.
You are welcome to attend in person (this service isn't streamed).

1473 Choral Evensong - Saturday 28th January at 5.15pm

With music from the Chapel Choir (in person only)

Choral Evensong - Sunday 29th January at 6pm

With music from the Chapel Choir and an address that responds to a theme (this term our theme is 'living sustainably and sustaining life: exploring ecotheology and wellbeing), followed by prosecco/juice. 
You are welcome to attend in person or join online 

Special Services this term

Ash Wednesday - 22nd February at 6.30pm

Choral Eucharist with imposition of ashes, with music by William Byrd
You are welcome to attend in person or join online

Drop, drop slow tears: a Sequence for Lent - Thursday 16th March at 6.30pm

A beautiful reflective service with readings, silence and music from the choir: 

  • Orlando Gibbons: Drop, drop slow tears
  • Jonathan Harvey: I love the Lord
  • Francis Poulenc: Vinea mea electa
  • Francis Poulenc: Timor et tremor
  • Kenneth Leighton: Drop, drop slow tears

You are welcome to attend in person or join online

Regular services (during Term) 

Luminaria is a beautiful, candlelit service, sung by our Girls' Choir.
It takes place on Tuesdays (except during the school half term) at 6.30pm
You are welcome to attend in person or join online

Night Songs takes place on most Thursdays at 9.30pm
It features music from the Chapel Choir and performances by College musicians, and is followed by port/juice
You are welcome to attend in person or join online

Choral Evensong takes place on Sundays at 6pm, and includes music from the Chapel Choir and an address (usually from a guest preacher). It is followed by prosecco/juice. 
You are welcome to attend in person or join online

Holy Communion takes place on Sundays at 10am, including music from the Chapel Choir, and followed by brunch in the dining hall.  This service isn't streamed, but you are welcome to attend in person, whether or not you're a member of St Catharine's. 

Friday
The Christian Union prayer breakfast takes place on Fridays at 8am in Chapel. 

Coming to Chapel

Can anyone come?
Yes!  Everyone is welcome in the College Chapel, and you can come as you are. We aim to make the Chapel safe and welcoming for everyone. We are currently working on a better and more permanent solution to enable step free access between the antechapel and chapel.  If you are a wheelchair user who is unable to navigate steps, please contact the porters lodge for advice.

Where can I sit and what's the seating like?
At Evensong, the back row of the block of seating nearest the archway is set aside for Fellows, but there are plenty of others seats; at all other services you can sit wherever you like, other than in the choir stalls (the block of seats nearerst the altar). 
If you find the seating uncomfortable due to a health condition or disability you're are very welcome to make use of the more comfy chairs on either side of the aisle.  There are also blankets available when it's chilly.

Is there a dress code?
You don't have to dress up in especially formal clothes to come to Chapel, though some people choose to; you are welcome to wear whatever makes you comfortable. Some people like to wear a gown, especially if they're going on to a formal hall afterwards, but you don't have to. It's usual to wear a gown if you are doing one of the readings at Evensong (there's a spare one in Chapel if you volunteer at the last minute or if you don't have your own). Fellows usually wear gowns to Sunday evensong. 

Can I get more involved?
Yes, absolutely!  Both Sunday services need people to read the readings, and you can also offer to lead intercessions (prayers), light candles, help welcome people, give out service sheets, and more. You don't have to be religious to help out in Chapel, and volunteers are always welcome. If you volunteer to be the duty 'chapel warden' at Choral Evensong (which involves reading, lighting candles, giving out service sheets and pouring drinks), you get a free dinner afterwards!
We're also looking for people to join the small 'eco church' working group that is looking at ways for the Chapel to develop its sustainability and ecotheology work.