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Special Chapel Services

If you have any quries about this, or any service, please email the Chapel Clerk or phone on (01223) 338676.

Advent Carol Service

Advent Carol Service

The Advent Carol Services will be held on Saturday 27 November 2021 at 6.00pm and Sunday 28 November 2021 at 3.00pm.  The Sunday service will be broadcast live by BBC Radio 3.

The pattern of the Advent service, in its four sections, reflects the season’s growing anticipation, both of the first coming of Christ and of that Day when the prayer ‘Thy Kingdom come’ is finally and fully answered.

 

We anticipate opening applications for tickets in early October 2021.

Entrance to this Service is by ticket only.

 


Tickets for these services are free, however priority will be given to members of the College.

We very much regret that, following a recent audit of seating capacity in Chapel, we are unable to accept ticket applications from members of the public.  Should you wish to queue outside the Chapel on Saturday or Sunday, we will endeavour to seat as many people as possible in seats which are unclaimed by ticket holders 20 minutes before the commencement of the respective service.  Please note that seats are not guaranteed and queuing is entirely at your own risk.

Please note that these services are not suitable for toddlers or babies.


If you have any queries about this, or any service, please email the Chapel Clerk or phone on (01223) 338676.

 

Epiphany Carol Service

Epiphany Carol Service

The next Epiphany Carol Services will be held on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 January 2021 at 6.00pm.Epiphany Carol Service

This Service of readings and music celebrate the season of Epiphany.

Music in the 2020 service included Tomorrow shall be my dancing day (Burton), The Shepherd’s Carol (Chilcott), Three Kings from Persian lands afar (Cornelius (arr, Atkins)), Nunc Dimittis (Holst), Vox in Rama (Kirbye), O virgo virginum (L’Estrange), In the bleak midwinter (McGlade), Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree (Poston), Hodie Christus natus est (Poulenc), Make we joy (Robinson) and Ding, dong, merrily on high (arr. Wilberg). The readings and hymns tell the narrative of the coming of Christ, the Magi’s visit, and the presentation in the Temple.

 

Entrance to this Service is by ticket only.

 

It is hoped that we will be able to welcome a congregation to these services, should Governmental guidance allow. Due to seating restrictions in Chapel during this difficult time, it is likely that we will only be able to welcome 40 people in the congregation at each service. Applications to the ballots are open to Fellows, Affiliates, Undergraduates, Postgraduates and Staff but we hope especially that applications will be made by those for whom this is their final year in College.

 


 

If you have any queries about this, or any service, please email the Chapel Clerk or phone on (01223) 338676.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

To mark the beginning of Lent, as we approach Easter, a service of takes place on Ash Wednesday, 17 February 2021, at 6.30pm.

 

A Meditation on the Passion of Christ

A Meditation on the Passion of Christ (also known as the Lent Meditation Service)

A service of music and readings reflecting on the Passion of Christ.Christ carrying the Cross
Will be held on Saturday 13 March 2021 at 6.00pm.

Music last year included Christus factus est (Bruckner), Greater love hath no man (Ireland), Wash me throughly  (Wesley), Christus factus est  (Bruckner), He trusted in God that He would deliver Him (Handel), Crucifixus etiam pro nobis (Lotti), God so loved the world (Stainer) and Give ear, O Lord (Weelkes). 

 

Application for Tickets may be made from January 2021.

Tickets for this service are free, however priority will be given to members of the College.

Please note that this service is unsuitable for babies and toddlers.

 

If you have any queries about this, or any service, please email the Chapel Clerk or phone on (01223) 338676.

 

Ascension Day

Ascension Day

Every year on Ascension Day, the Choir ascends the 163ft Chapel Tower and sings the Ascension Day Carol. This year Ascension Day falls on Thursday 21 May 2020. Owing to the current situation, the Choir will not be ascending the tower in 2020. On Thursday 13 May 2021 the tower service will start at 12noon.

This custom dates from 1902 and was begun by the then Director of Music, Cyril Rootham, following a conversation with Sir Joseph Larmor. Sir Jospeh was insistent that a choir singing from the tower would not be heard from the ground. Rootham was keen to prove him wrong and saw Ascension Day as the perfect time to do it.

Without telling anyone in College, the Choir ascended the tower and as the clock finished striking noon, they started to sing an Ascension Day Carol. To Rootham's delight, he saw Sir Joseph open his window in the court below to see where the music was coming from. The event proved popular and since then it has been repeated every year.

 

Christmas Carol Service

Christmas Carol Service

The Christmas Carol Service, Christmas Carol Servicesung by St John's Voices, is held on Monday 29 November 2021 at 6.00pm.

This service includes music, carols and readings for the season of Christmas.