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Michaelmas Term 2017 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-1.30pm) or by appointment.

Services this term

Chapel services take place during term time only and are usually at 5:30pm on Sundays. All are welcome to attend. The theme for Michaelmas 2017 is 'Rediscovering Truth in a Post-Truth World'. You can download the term card here.

Week 1 (8 Oct – Trinity 17) Freshers’ Evensong 
Truth for university life (Danny Aanderud)
Stanford in C; Farrant/Tye/Hilton – ‘Lord for thy tender mercy's sake’

Week 2 (15 Oct – Trinity 18) Evensong
Truth when searching for God (Rev. Dan Hames)
Gibbons Short; Pitoni – ‘Cantate Domino’

Week 3 (22 Oct – Trinity 19) Holy Communion
Truth when times are tough (Rev. Will Donaldson)
Palestrina – ‘Missa brevis’; Palestrina – ‘Sicut cervus’

Week 4 (29 Oct – Last after Trinity) Evensong
Truth when we need forgiveness (Rev. Will Donaldson)
Walmisley in D; Fauré – ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’

Week 5 (5 Nov – 4th before Advent – All Saints Day) Evensong
Truth in the world of science and medicine (Prof. Paul Johnson)
Dyson in F; Victoria – ‘O Quam Gloriosum’

Week 6 (12 Nov – 3rd before Advent – Remembrance) Evensong
Truth in the Scriptures (Rev. Vicki Mellor)
Moore – ‘Magnificat’; Burgon – ‘Nunc Dimittis’; Guest – ‘For the Fallen’

Week 6 (16 Nov – St Edmund Day – Thursday 6.15pm) Evensong
The Legacy of St Edmund (Rev. Will Donaldson)
Moore – ‘Magnificat’; Burgon – ‘Nunc Dimittis’; Harris – ‘Holy is the True Light’

Week 7 (19 Nov – 2nd before Advent) Holy Communion
Truth in a relativistic world (Prof. John Gallacher)
Byrd Mass for Three; Byrd – ‘Ave verum’

Week 8 (26 Nov – Sunday before Advent) Advent Carols by Candlelight
Full of Grace and Truth (Rev Will Donaldson)

After Chapel

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

Prayer and Reflection in the Chapel

All students are welcome to use the Chapel for prayer or quiet reflection (provided there are no prior bookings). Please ask at the Porters' Lodge for a key.

Organ Scholar and Choir

The Organ Scholars are Viraj Alimchandani and Hagen Papenburg. They 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. 

Christian Student Societies

The St Edmund Hall Christian Union representatives are Hudson Hovil ( and Joanna Male (

Find out more about the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy on their website.