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Chapel Services

This page will give you all the information you need to join in with forthcoming Chapel service, whether those are livestreamed, zoom, in person, or pre-recorded.

Easter Term 2021

Details of Chapel worship during Easter Term will be posted here as soon as we know them; we hope to be able to offer more opportunities to gather in person, but will also continue to offer streaming of worship via the College's youtube channel. 

Morning Prayer

In the mean time you are welcome to join the Chaplain and others from the Chapel Community for morning prayer (8.30am, Monday to Friday) over zoom:
Join zoom service
Meeting ID: 871 3518 6568
Passcode: 245139
You can find the order of service here.

Scroll down to see what we have been doing in Chapel over this acaemic year, and to access a selection of special services for All Souls, Commemoration, Advent and Christmas, Candlemas, and Ash Wednesday. 

Holy Week and Easter 2021

We are able to offer some in-person services, along with resources that you can collect from Chapel and download here. 

From 29th April
A special Holy Week playlist will be played through the College sound system each day of Holy Week at 12.30pm – those in College are welcome to come into Chapel and use the music for reflection, while those at home can access the playlist here which includes the beautiful and iconic work, Jesus’ blood never failed me yet by Gavin Bryars, recorded by College musicians at home. 
Download these materials for reflection for Holy Week and Easter - those in College can also pick up a paper copy, along with other items, from the Chapel. 

Good Friday (2nd April) at 12 noon
A Reading of the Passion, followed by quiet reflection and prayer, and the Holy Week playlist from 12.30pm.
Please email if you would like to attend the service at noon, so I can keep an eye on numbers and ensure we don’t have too many people in Chapel at once.

Easter Sunday (4th April) at 6.30am (yes, really!)
There will be a short, simple service of Holy Communion at dawn – in keeping with current covid restrictions we won’t be able to sing, or socialise, but I thought that those marking Easter might value being able to do this together.
Again, please email if you would like to attend, so that I can keep an eye on numbers.

Music for reflection - Lent and Passiontide 2021

Our final offering during Lent term featured two iconic works: Thomas Tallis' setting of the Litany (an extended call and response prayer, written by Thomas Cranmer, and based on medieval Sarum texts and the writings of Martin Luther), and Gavin Bryars' beautiful and moving Jesus' blood never failed me yet, based on a looped recording of a homeless man singing: 'Jesus' blood never failed me yet, this one thing I know for he loves me so'. The Litany was specially recoreded in Chapel by a small group of students, staff and Fellows, while the Bryars was recorded by College musicians from their homes and multitracked. 

You can access these in one youtube video, or each separately, using the links below: 

Lent Term 2021

Services last term used the full variety of approaches available to us, to enable as many people as possible to find comfort and hope through beautiful music, prayer, and connecting with others. Here is some of what we did:

Night Songs (Thursdays at 9.30pm) 

A late evening candlelit service, streamed to youtube from the College Chapel each Thursday during termtime at 9.30pm, Night Songs is based on the ancient service of 'Compline' and features simple music, primarily plainchant. At St Catharine's, we frame the service with additional musical items to offer space and time for reflection and relaxation at the end of the day. 

Evensong (Sundays at 6.30pm) 

Normally sung by the Chapel choir, last term the service was led by a small group of staff and students who were resident in College, minimising any risk by keeping much greater distance between singers even than last term, keeping the service shorter than usual, and forgoing an in-person congregation; nevertheless there was still music, candlelight, prayers and readings, and a short reflection on scripture that to take with us into the coming week.  

Special Occasions this term

A Litany for Lent and Passiontide

Thursday 18th March:  A pre-recorded reflective service will be available on the College's youtube Channel, bringing together Tallis' setting of the traditional Litany text, and Gavin Bryars' moving Jesus' blood never failed me yet, recorded by College musicians from their homes, and multitracked. 

Ash Wednesday

A reflective service of music and readings for the start of Lent available to watch online


Reflective music and words for the Feast of the Presentation, featuring the Chapel Choir and Girls' Choir, available on youtube 

Services from Michaelmas Term

Please find below clickable links enabling you to watch a selection of services from Michaelmas Term 2020, via the College's youtube channel.  

A Festival of Carols and Readings 
A compilation of highlights from Advent and Christmas services in Chapel together with seasonal images and words to all the congregational carols so you can join in at home,

St Catharine's College Girls' Choir - Carol Service
Monday 14th December
Watch Online
Download the service sheet

A Service of Carols and Readings
Thursday 3rd December at 6.30pm (livestreamed)
watch online  
download the service sheet 

Sunday Reflection - Sunday 29th November
Music, word and image for Advent Sunday
watch online

Night Songs - Thursday 26th November
Music for the ending of the day
watch online

Commemoration of Benefactors' Service - Wednesday 25th November 
Music, words and images for St Catharine's Day
watch online

Sunday Reflection  Sunday 22nd November
music, words and images for St Cecilia's day
watch online (available from 5pm on 22nd November)

Night Songs  Thursday 19th November
Music for the ending of the day
Watch online (available from 10pm on 19th November)

Sunday Reflection Sunday 15th November
Music, words and pictures reflecting on Psalm 8
watch online (available from 5pm on Sunday 15th November)

Night Songs from 12th November
Watch online

Choral Evensong from Sunday 8th November at 5pm
Watch online

Night Songs from 5th November 
Watch online.