All College members and their guests are welcome to attend Chapel services. The Chapel was built by Stephen Penton in the late 17th century. It is famous for the painting ‘Supper at Emmaus’ by Ceri Richards that hangs over the altar and is also well known for the stained-glass window on the east side that was constructed and designed by William Morris and Edward-Burne Jones. The organ was built by Wood of Huddersfield in the 1980s.

A service in the St Edmund Hall Chapel

Chapel Services

Services take place during term time only. Choral Evensong is on Sundays at 6.15pm, except in Week 1, when it is at 6pm.  Evening Prayer is offered Monday to Friday at 6pm, and there is a Eucharist at 12pm on Wednesdays. Special services are detailed below. The services are Anglican in character but people from all faiths, and none, are welcome.

After Sunday Evensong drinks are served, and all those attending are welcome to join us.

View the Michaelmas Chapel Term Card 2021

Forthcoming Services

Choral Evensong - Week 3 Michaelmas Term 2021

24 Oct 2021

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Choral Evensong - Week 4 Michaelmas Term 2021

31 Oct 2021

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Choral Evensong - Week 5 Michaelmas Term 2021

7 Nov 2021

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Special Services – MichaelmasTerm 2021

Tuesday 19 October — Compline by Candlelight
The Crypt, ca. 9.20pm (after dinner), port and cocoa to follow

Friday 29 October — Reformation Day Evensong
The Chapel, 6pm

Tuesday 2 November — Solemn Prayers for All Souls
The Chapel and Churchyard, 12pm

Thursday 11 November — Silence for Remembrance Day
The Chapel, 11am

Tuesday 16 November — St Edmund’s Day Evensong & Compline
The Chapel, 6pm

The Crypt, ca. 10pm (after dinner)
Friday 3 December — Roman Catholic Mass
The Chapel, 6.30pm

Other Chapel Events – Michaelmas Term 2021

Wednesday Reading Group (4:30pm)
We’ll be reading a book on the environment and scientific interventions: Elizabeth Kolbert’s Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future.

Carols in the Quad, 1 December (timing TBC)
Refreshments, music, and merriment in Front Quad. Not to be missed.

Ghost Stories, 15 December
For those around the Hall after the end of term, the Chaplain is organising a night of ghost stories and other festivities. Write if interested in reading or singing.

The Chaplain

The College Chaplain is the Revd Dr Zachary Guiliano and he is pastorally available to members of the College by appointment. His dedicated office hours in College every Wednesday between 1:30-4:30pm. Please email on

Choir and Organ Scholars

If you would like to join the Choir of St Edmund Hall, please contact the Director of Music. The choir includes several Choral Scholars but is otherwise non-auditioning, and new members are always welcome.

Our Organ Scholars are Alyssa Chan and Michelle Ng. They can be contacted via

The Teddy Hall Chapel Choir rehearsing

Zachary Guiliano:

Chapel Fellow
Jeff Tseng:

Director of Music
James Whitbourn:

Chapel Clerk
Sam Cherry:

For information about Christian Union, Roman Catholic Campus ministry, and information for other faith groups, please contact the Chaplain.

Exploring Faith

University is a great time to explore the big questions of meaning and purpose in life. Please email the Chaplain to arrange a meeting. Further information is available on faith societies and belief groups in Oxford.

Serving in the Community

Would you like to give a little time each month to a community project that makes a difference to people’s lives in Oxford – visiting a children’s hospice, giving individual reading support in a local primary school, helping at a night shelter for the homeless? Please contact the Chaplain, as the Hall has some particular projects in mind.

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). The Chapel is open from 8am-6:30pm from Monday to Friday during Full Term. At other times, please ask at the Porters’ Lodge for a key.

Christian Student Societies

St Edmund Hall and Magdalen College share Christian Union representatives: Hannah Treece (

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

Take a virtual tour of the Chapel

The College Chapel was built, together with the Old Library, by Stephen Penton in the late 17th century. Services are held usually on Sundays during term time.

The Crypt

The Crypt beneath the Chancel of St Peter-in-the-East dates from the early 12th century. It is currently out-of-bounds to the public and to groups, but individual College members may visit with permission from the Chaplain or at the discretion of the duty Porter.

Read about the history of St Peter-in-the-East

The crypt of St Peter-in-the-East at St Edmund Hall

Where next?

An Introduction to the College Chapel

23 Jan 2019

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