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Chapel Services

During the Easter Term, when the College is closed, Choral Services will continue, online.  Members of the College community and the general public are welcome to participate. 

Choral services this term will include Choral Evensong each Sunday evening at 6pm, and Night Songs (Compline) each Thursday at 9.30pm. The order of service, including any pre-recorded items, will be accessible here on the College website, and the live (spoken) elements of the services will take place on Zoom.  Full details of this week's services, including how to join via zoom, are here:

Click here for Choral Evensong on 14th June

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Choral Services during Easter Term

Thursday 23 April: Night Songs 9.30pm

Psalm: 121
Anthem: John Sheppard, Christ Rising Again
Concluding Music: Bach, Prelude in C Minor (for lute), performed by Rachel Kendal

Sunday 26 April: Choral Evensong 6pm

Tonight's preacher is The Chaplain
The readers are Dr Hester Lees-Jeffries and David Evans

Readings: Zephaniah 3.14-20 and Luke 24.13-35
Canticles: Ireland in F
Psalm: 116.1-3,10-17
Hymn: Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Anthem: Harris, Bring us O Lord God
Voluntary: Vierne, Symphony no. 1 (finale), played by Alex Wallace

Thursday 30 April: Night Songs 9.30pm

Psalm: 16
Anthem: Poulenc, Salve Regina
Concluding Music: from Dvorak's, Piano Trio no. 4 "Dumky"

Sunday 3 May: Choral Evensong 6pm

Tonight's preacher is The Reverend Caroline Wilson (St Catharine's, 1980)
The readers will be Tony Watts and Kit Treadwell, and the intercessions will be led by the Chaplain.
Readings: Jeremiah 17.5-8 and Ephesians 3.7-end
Canticles: Gibbons 'Short'
Psalm: 23
Anthem: Bruckner, Locus Iste​
Hymn: Immortal, invisible
Voluntary: Handel, 'Hornpipe' from The Water Music

Caroline writes, "I graduated from St Catharine's in 1983 after reading maths, with rowing, sport and music as sidelines. I worked as a systems analyst for a few years during which I  married  Colin (Trinity 1980). We have two daughters and one son and I enjoyed being a 'stay at home Mum' for some years, with a bit of maths coaching and flute teaching to keep my mind active. A couple of years teaching secondary maths was followed by ministry training (at Oxford!) and ordination in 2009. Since then I have held various stipendiary and non-stipendiary posts in East Anglia and married our daughters to our lovely sons-in-law - it is a great privilege to be both priest and mother-of-the-bride. I am  now enjoying early retirement with some ministry, lots of gardening, music, dog-walking our energetic cocker spaniel, and time for my family."

Thursday 7 May: Night Songs 9.30pm

Psalm: 139
Anthem: Tallis, If ye love me
Concluding Music: John Tavener, Mother of God, Here I Stand (arr. James Welland) played by Lyn, Millie and James Welland

Sunday 10 May: Choral Evensong 6pm

Tonight's preacher is Lex Bradley-Stow
The readers are Rosie Hewitt and Victoria Gray
Readings: Isaiah 41: 8-14 and Romans 8: 31-39
Canticles: Beamish 'St Catharine's Service'
Psalm: 121
Anthem: Rheinberger, Abendlied
Hymn: Lord of all hopefulness
Voluntary: J S Bach, Fuga sopra 'Il Magnificat' BWV 733

Our preacher, Lex Bradley-Stow, is joining Rosie as an ordinand on attachment here at St Catharine's. Lex writes:
"I was born and bred in Milton Keynes (the city of dreams). Although my undergrad degree was in youthwork, I never managed to actually be a youthworker and fell into teaching, quite by accident, after graduating. I was a secondary RE teacher in a variety of both state and private schools, working as a boarding mistress along the way too. Most recently I was an assistant school chaplain in Hertfordshire, before moving to Cambridge to begin training for ordination, and completing my masters. I live in Cambridge with my partner Rhiannon, who is a primary school teacher, and our 7 month old kitten, Bertie. We look forward to getting to know the community here at Catz over the next year."

Thursday 14 May: Night Songs 9.30pm

Psalm: 4
Anthem: Judith Weir My Guardian Angel
Concluding Music: Balfour Gardiner Evening Hymn

Sunday 17 May: Choral Evensong 6pm 

Tonight's preacher is The Reverend Rebecca H Watts M.A. Cantab, Dunelm (St Catharine's, 1980)
The readers will be Rhiannon Bradley-Stow and Ben Sweeney.
The intercessions will be led by Rosie Hewitt.
Readings: Genesis 8.20-9.17 and John 14.15-21 
Canticles: Stanford in C
Psalm: 87
Anthem: Stanford Beati quorum via
Hymn: I heard the voice of Jesus cry
Voluntary:​ Langlais Acclamations

Rebecca was in the first cohort of women accepted by Catz in 1978 after taking one of the last ‘seventh term’ entry exams.  She deferred, then came up to read English in 1980.  Rebecca sang in the Chapel Choir and went on to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  She trained for the ministry at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford and was in the first cohort of women to be ordained in the Church of England in 1990 (and again as a priest in 1994).  Rebecca has served in Guildford, Oxford, and Newcastle dioceses.  Currently, Rebecca has returned to study and just completed a Masters in Biblical Studies at Durham.  She loves being around students and was Chaplain of Wadham College in Oxford.  She describes herself as ‘a sinner saved by grace’.

Thursday 21 May: Night Songs 9.30pm

Psalm: 86
Anthem: Stanford Coelos ascendit hodie
Concluding Music: Messiaen Prière du Christ from L'Ascension

Sunday 24 May: Choral Evensong 6pm

Tonight's preacher is Beth Moughtin-Hayward (St Catharine's, 2000)
Readings: Deuteronomy 7.7-9 and 2 Corinthians 12.9-10
Canticles: Moeran in D
Psalm: 47
Anthem: Gibbons Almighty and everlasting God
Hymn: Abide with me
Voluntary: Bruhns Praeludium in E minor

Tonight's preacher became part of the St Catharine's family in 2000, when she began her PGCE here, having studied Divinity at Edinburgh University. She subsequently taught RE and philosophy at Netherhall School in Cambridge, and following a move back to the northwest, she became involved in community projects and is the founder of Parkletics. 

Thursday 28 May: Night Songs 9.30pm

Psalm: 91
Anthem: arr. Max Wohlberg Yiheyu leratson
Concluding Music: Messiaen Regard du Père
Alex Wallace (piano)

Sunday 31 May: Choral Evensong 6pm

Tonight's preacher is The Rev'd Lydia Smith (St Catharine's, 1982)
The readers will be (tbc) and the intercessions will be led by Lex Bradley-Stow.
Readings: Joel 2.21-32 and Acts 2.1-21
Canticles: J.B. Dykes in F
Anthem: Tallis Loquebantur variis linguis
Hymn: Solemn notes of tribute (tune: Schmücke dich)
Voluntary:  Duruflé Choral varié sur le 'Veni Creator'

Our preacher writes:
"I graduated from St Catharine’s in 1985 after reading English, and followed that with a Master’s at the University of York.  Most of my working life has been spent in libraries and information, at first for a City law firm, but later in the university, NHS and public library sectors.  A late turn towards ordination has seen me train for ministry with St Mellitus College and I have worked in the Diocese of Chelmsford ever since.  My present post is in a rural team ministry just outside Colchester.  I am married to Jon and we have two adult daughters, Phoebe and Ismay.  Currently, we are all living in the Vicarage in Layer de la Haye, which is enabling us to eat well at least, as we all love cooking (and eating)."

Thursday 4 June: Night Songs 9.30pm

Psalm: 23
Anthem: Beamish Gaudent in caelis
Concluding Music: Villa-Lobos Prelude in A minor
Frey Kalus guitar

Sunday 7 June: Choral Evensong 6pm

Preacher: Professor Catherine Pickstock (St Catharine's, 1990)
Canticles: Joanna Marsh St Paul's Service (Girls' Choir)
Anthem: Vaughan Williams Gloria from Mass in G minor
Hymn: Holy, holy, holy
Voluntary: Langlais Bells

Thursday 11 June: Night Songs 9.30pm

Anthem: Duruflé Ubi caritas
Concluding Music: Duruflé Tantum ergo

Sunday 14 June: Choral Evensong 6 pm

Readings: Isaiah 43.1-7 and Philippians 4.4-9
Introit: Phos hilaron
Canticles: Dyson in D
Psalm: Mendelssohn Lift thine eyes (Psalm 121)
Anthem: Parry I was glad
Hymn: Jerusalem the golden