Chapel

  • Oriel College Chapel by Marcus Peel
    Photograph of Oriel Chapel by Marcus Peel

Choral Evensong

Sundays at 6pm, Oriel College Chapel (in termtime)

Choral Evensong is the main service of the week. It combines profound and beautiful liturgy with ancient and modern music and hymns sung by the Choir and congregation. Everyone is warmly invited for drinks with the Chaplain and the Provost after the service, and it's a nice way to begin an evening at formal dinner with friends.

Collections taken in Hilary Term will be donated to Neesim Nutrition Centre, which rehabilitates malnourished children in northern Ghana alongside educating their parents on healthy nutrition, hygiene and other health-related issues.

Weekday Services

Throughout termtime, the following regular services are held in Chapel. Everyone is welcome to come along to our services. Thursday College Communion is our main midweek service with the Choir. Morning and Evening Prayer take place in the Newman Oratory, upstairs behind the organ. Compline is a special time of reflection to help us wind down at night. You can participate as much as you feel comfortable, and it's fine just to sit quietly.

College Communion - Thursdays, 6pm

Morning Prayer - Monday-Friday, 8am (in the Oratory)

Evening Prayer - Mon-Wed, Friday, 6.30pm

Lunchtime Communion - Tuesdays, 12.30pm

Compline - Wednesdays, 9.30pm

Important Links

Taking Part in Chapel

Everyone is warmly encouraged to take part in the life and activities of the Chapel. This may mean coming along to a service several times a week or only once in a while. It may mean singing in the Choir or becoming a Bible Clerk, one of the students who helps organise and lead services. It may mean reading a lesson at Evensong or coming to the pub to talk about the meaning of life. Or it may mean using the Chapel to stage a play or organise a concert. The Chapel is a resource for everyone at College.

Students are always welcome to come and talk to the Chaplain about getting involved in Chapel life.