The Chapel

The College Choir enriches our worship every day of the week in Full Term (except Mondays) at 6.00pm, and every Sunday morning in Term at 11.00am.  On Saturdays, the Academical Clerks are joined by sopranos from a number of Oxford colleges to form the Consort of Voices.  Other services in Chapel are said, without the Choir.

We hope you will join us at one of the live services in Chapel.

Members of the public are warmly invited to attend any of our morning or evening services throughout the week during the University term. Details of musical settings, hymns, and readings can be found in the Chapel Services and Music List for the term.

Sunday Services in Full Term

11.00am Sung Eucharist
This choral celebration of Holy Communion includes congregational hymns, a sermon, and a musical setting sung by the Choir. It usually lasts just over an hour. Those of any and all denominations are welcome to receive Communion in Chapel; it’s equally fine to attend and not take Communion. The service is followed by lunch and wine or a soft drink in the Hall, to which all are invited.

6.00pm Choral Evensong
Perhaps the most distinctively Anglican of all church services is Evensong, which took shape in the sixteenth century when the medieval orders for Vespers and Compline were combined, in the Book of Common Prayer, to create a new service. Evensong at Magdalen uses the traditional language of the 1662 Prayer Book and it offers the opportunity to hear a great variety of musical settings of the canticles (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis), along with a wide range of anthems and psalm chants. This service typically lasts around 40 minutes, or 50 minutes on Saturday and Sunday when it includes congregational hymns. On Sundays, the service is followed by refreshments in the Antechapel.

Services from Monday to Saturday in Full Term (unless otherwise stated in the termly Music and Services booklet)

Monday
8.30am Morning Prayer

Tuesday
8.30am Morning Prayer
6.00 pm Choral Evening Prayer (sung by the Choristers only)
9.00 pm Sung Compline (Night Prayer)*

Wednesday
8.30am Morning Prayer
6.00pm Choral Evensong (sung by the full Choir)

Thursday
8.30am Morning Prayer
6.00 pm Choral Evensong (sung by the full Choir)

Friday
8.30am Morning Prayer
6.00 pm Choral Evening Prayer (sung by the Academical Clerks only)

Saturday
6.00 pm Choral Evensong (usually sung by the Consort of Voices)

* This service is sung by individual members of the Choir and Consort of Voices and is also broadcast on YouTube and Facebook at 9pm the following day (Wednesday)

The Sunday Eucharist service is followed by a light lunch and Sunday’s Choral Evensong is followed by refreshments in the Antechapel.

The Chapel is only available for baptism to current members of the College and its staff. Central to the baptism service is that a child or adult is baptised into their Christian community. For former members of the College this will be their local parish church or worshipping community whilst for current members and staff the Chapel is the focus of that community within the College. Although it is recognised that the services available in the Chapel may not be felt to be suitable for babies and very small children, those seeking baptism in the Chapel will be encouraged to fulfil their baptismal obligations to their child in a more suitable context.

Baptism services usually take place on a Sunday either during the vacation or in term time.

Individuals of other Christian denominations may use the Chapel for a service of baptism but the permission of the Dean of Divinity and College authorities must be sought first.

For further enquiries or to book a baptism, please contact the Dean of Divinity, Rev’d Dr. Andrew Bowyer: andrew.bowyer@magd.ox.ac.uk

If you are interested in holding an event in the Chapel, please complete the form below and a member of the Chapel and Choir staff will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

Chapel event booking form

Chapel event booking form

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The College Chapel is usually available to Magdalen alumni for weddings, as well as College staff and their direct family members, and current College members.
The Chapel is only available for weddings outside the University terms, and bookings are always agreed at the discretion of the Dean of Divinity and with the approval of the President.

How to book a wedding
The first step is to complete the form below and a member of the Chapel and Choir staff will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

Wedding enquiry form

Wedding enquiry form

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Wedding charges
For all weddings taking place in 2024, the charges will be as follows: £1,600 (inclusive of priest, verger, use of organ, organist and administration)

Dean of Divinity (College Chaplain)
The Revd Dr Andrew Bowyer
Email: andrew.bowyer@magd.ox.ac.uk

Andrew is a Church of England Priest. His role is to offer non-judgemental pastoral support to everyone in the College, regardless of their religious beliefs. He also oversees activities that take place in our beautiful Chapel, where worship in the Christian tradition has been offered since the 15th Century.

The Chapel Administrator
Edmund Racher
Room: Cloisters 2
Tel: 01865 286701
Email: chapel@magd.ox.ac.uk

The Choir Administrator
Joanna Burnett
Room: Cloisters 2
Tel: 01865 286701
Email: choir@magd.ox.ac.uk

The Sacristans
The Sacristans are friendly students responsible for organising the altar servers who assist at every Sung Eucharist and at Benediction. They always enjoy training up fellow-students who would like to learn how to swing a thurible (the incense-pot) or carry a candle in procession.

This year’s Sacristans are Martin Gazi, Joseph Gillson and Talav Bhimnathwala.

The Verger
The Verger, Joan Jones, is likely to be the first person you see when you come to a service, since an important part of her job is to welcome you and help you find a seat.

Assisting and Honorary Chaplains
The Dean of Divinity receives liturgical assistance from the Fellows’ Chaplain, The Revd Professor Robert Gilbert (Fellow in Biochemistry) and Assistant Chaplain, Mrs Christina Peacock, and from Honorary Chaplains, The Reverend Professor Sabina Alkire, The Reverend Wealands Bell and The Reverend Dr Laura Biron-Scott. The Founder’s Chaplain, Dr Ralph Walker, leads prayers commemorating departed Benefactors of the College on appointed occasions in the course of the academic year.

Sunday 14th January – Second Sunday after Epiphany
The Reverend Dr Andrew Bowyer – 11am,
Dean of Divinity

Sunday 21st January – Third Sunday after Epiphany
Mrs Christina Peacock – 11am, Assistant Chaplain, Magdalen College, Oxford
The Very Reverend Kelvin Holdsworth – 6pm,Provost of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow

Sunday 28th January – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
The Reverend Dr Laura Biron-Scott – 11am, Honorary Chaplain, Magdalen College, Oxford

Friday 2nd February – Candlemas (The Presentation of Christ in the Temple)
The Reverend Dr Zachary Guiliano – 6pm, Priest Vicar, Christ Church Cathedral

Sunday 4th February – Second Sunday before Lent (Sexagesima)
The Reverend Professor Robert Gilbert – 11am, Fellows’ Chaplain, Magdalen College Oxford
The Reverent Dr Ellen Clark-King – 6pm, Dean of King’s College, London

Sunday 11th February – Sunday next before Lent (Quinquagesima)
Mr Christopher Parker – 11am, Ordinand, Wycliffe Hall

Sunday 18th February – First Sunday of Lent
The Reverend Wealands Bell –11am, Honorary Chaplain, Magdalen College, Oxford

Sunday 25th February – Second Sunday of Lent
The Reverend Professor Sabina Alkire  – 11am, Honorary Chaplain, Magdalen College, Oxford

The Reverend Canon Dr Alison Joyce  – 6pm, Rector of St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London

Sunday 3rd March – Third Sunday of Lent
The Reverend Dr Andrew Bowyer – 11am,
Dean of Divinity

Sunday 14 January, 6.00pm
Festal Evensong for Epiphany Season
Sunday 21 January, 6.00pm 
Choral Evensong with Admission of Sacristan
Thursday 25 September, 6.00pm
Festal Evensong for the Conversion of St Paul
Saturday 27 January, 6.00pm
Choral Evensong with prayers for Holocaust Memorial Day
Friday 2 February, 6.00pm
Sung Eucharist with Procession of Candles for Candlemas (The Presentation of Christ in the Temple)
Thursday 8 February, 6.00pm
Choral Evensong with Distribution of Claymond’s Dole
Monday 12 February, 6.00pm 
Roman Catholic Mass
Tuesday 13 February, 9.00pm
Compline & Benediction for Shrove Tuesday
Wednesday 14 February, 6.00pm 
Sung Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes for Ash Wednesday
Saturday 17 February, 6.00pm 
Choral Evensong sung jointly with the Foundation Scholars of Pimlico Musical Foundation
Friday 1 March, 6.00pm
Festal Choral Evensong for St David’s Day
Saturday 2 March, 6.00pm
Choral Evensong sung jointly with the Schola Cantorum of Hereford 6th Form College
Sunday 17 March, 6.00pm
Evensong before the St Patrick’s Day Dinner
Saturday 25 March, 6.00pm
Evensong before the Gaudy (1967-70)

Easter at Magdalen

Thursday 28 March, 6.00pm
Maundy Thursday, Sung Eucharist
Friday 29 March, 11.00am
Good Friday, Liturgy of Good Friday
Sunday 31 March, 11.00am
Easter Sunday, Sung Eucharist

THE ADDISON SOCIETY
Joseph Addison (1672-1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright, politician and Fellow of Magdalen. Every Thursday lunchtime during term from 1.00pm until 2.00pm, The Addison Society usually meets in the Dean of Divinity’s rooms (Cloisters 4:2) for a free lunch to talk about arts, culture, current affairs and faith.

All are welcome to this open, non-judgmental and frank discussion group. If you are interested in joining this group, then please speak to, or email, the Dean of Divinity.

DEAN OF DIVINITY’S DRINKS
Weekly, Tuesdays c. 9.30pm (following the Compline service), Old Practice Room

All are welcome but spaces are limited so please sign up via the Eventbrite link in the weekly Chapel email.

For other Chapel activities, please check the Magdalen College Chapel Term Card.