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Michaelmas Term 2014 Chapel Services

Welcome to the Chapel.

All College members and their guests are invited to attend Chapel services in St Edmund Hall. The services are Anglican in character but we welcome people of all faiths, and none.

The Chaplain

The Chaplain is the Revd Will Donaldson. The Chaplain is happy to meet any member of College on any matter of concern. Members of college are welcome to see the Chaplain during office hours (Mon, Wed and Fri 9.30am-2.30pm) or by appointment.

Services this term

You can download the Chapel Term Card for Michaelmas 2014 here, for full details of this term's services and visiting preachers. Services are also listed on the College calendar.

This term's theme is 'Priorities and Legacies'.

Week 1 (12 October - Trinity 17) Evensong
Evening Service in B flat (Stanford), Hear My Prayer (Purcell)
Priorities for student life: living prayerfully - Rev. Will Donaldson

Week 2 (19 October - Trinity 18) Evensong
Short Service (Byrd), Geistliches Lied (Brahms)
Priorities for student life: living differently - Rev. Will Donaldson

Week 3 (26 October - Last after Trinity) Holy Communion
Missa O Quam Gloriosum (Victoria), Set me as a Seal (Walton)
Priorities for student life: living lovingly - Rev. Dr Tess Kuin Lawton, Chaplain at Magdalen College School

Week 4 (2 November - 4th before Advent) Evensong
Evening Service in E minor (Daniel Purcell), The Souls of the Righteous (Edward Watson)
Priorities for student life: living worthily - Rev. Will Donaldson

Week 4 (6 November) Short Reflective Service (at 6pm)
World War I Centenary - Rev. Will Donaldson

Week 5 (9 November - 3rd before Advent) Evensong - Remembrance Sunday
Magnificat (Bevan), Nunc Dimittis (Burgon), My Soul There is a Country (Parry)
The Legacy of War - Rev. Dr John O’Connor, Prior of Blackfriars

Week 6 (16 November - 2nd before Advent) Evensong - St Edmund Day (at 6.15pm)
Third Service (Moore), Hear the Voice and Prayer (Tallis)
The Legacy of St Edmund - Rev. Will Donaldson

Week 7 (23 November - Sunday before Advent) Holy Communion
Missa Brevis in D (Mozart), Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
The Legacy of Christ - Ven. Martin Gorick, Archdeacon of Oxford

Week 8 (30 November - Advent Sunday) Advent Carols
A sequence of words and music for Advent
The Legacy of Christmas - Canon John Hughes

Week 8 (4 December) Carols in the Quad (at 5.45pm)

After Chapel

Drinks are served immediately after Chapel on Sunday evenings. All those attending the service are welcome to join us.

Mid-Week Prayer

Wednesdays during term-time, 8.45-9.00am in the Chapel: all welcome.

Organ Scholar and Choir

The Organ Scholar is John Clark-Maxwell. He can be contacted via

If you would like to join the Chapel Choir, please contact the Organ Scholar or Director of Music. The choir is non-auditioning, and new members are always welcome.

Exploring Faith

University is a great time to explore the big questions of meaning and purpose in life. Please email the Chaplain if you would like to investigate ways of doing this. For example, St Aldates Church has invited anyone from Teddy Hall to come along to its Alpha Course (Tuesdays 7-9pm, 21 October to 9 December 2014, with free evening meal each week). The Alpha Course is widely used by all Christian denominations and highly commended by the Archbishop of Canterbury (‘British Christianity’s biggest success story’ - The Independent). 

Christian Student Societies

The Christian Union representatives are David Holt ( and Benjamin Kelsey (

The Catholic Chaplaincy representative is Catherine Canning (