The Chapel with magnolia in bloom

The Chapel and Chapel Services

The chapel is a place of sanctuary, of ancient words and music, of peace and contemplation, and is open to everyone. There is no need to be a member of the college or even of the university. There is no dress code, no entry requirement, and no need to be part of any religious tradition. Groups of more than 10 are asked to email chapel.administrator@new.ox.ac.uk before attending services.

The traditional Anglican service of Evensong is at the heart of the chapel’s life but the choir also sings for major feast days in the church’s year, carol services and special college events. Choral services take place each day (except Wednesday) in university terms. May you find peace and light in this place where prayer has been valid for more than 600 years.

 

Poster of New College Chapel Services Trinity Term 2022

Trinity Term 2022

Weekly services (Friday 22 April - Sunday 19 June):

Sunday 17.45 Choral Evensong

Monday 18.15 Choral Evensong (Clerks' Voices)

Tuesday 18.15 Choral Evensong

Tuesday 21.00 Choral Compline (Clerks' Voices; odd weeks only - 26 April, 10 and 24 May, 7 June)

Thursday 18.15 Choral Vespers (Boys' Voices). No service on 5 May and 2 June.

Friday 18.15 Choral Evensong

Saturday 17.45 Choral Evensong or Choral Eucharist (23 April and 14 May)

Sunday evensong and special services will also be livestreamed on the New College Choir YouTube channel.
 

Special Services

Launch of New College Hymnbook Friday 22 April 18.15pm

Cantata Vespers: J. S. Bach, BWV 112 Sunday 1 May 17.45pm

Memorial Service for Professor Laura Marcus Saturday 7 May 13.45pm Please rsvp to chapel.administrator@new.ox.ac.uk.

Confirmation Sunday 22 May 17.45pm

Ascension Day Eucharist with Procession Thursday 26 May 18.15pm

Memorial Service for David Raeburn Saturday 4 June 14.00pm Please rsvp to chapel.administrator@new.ox.ac.uk.

Corpus Christi Eucharist with Procession Thursday 16 June 18.15pm

Leavers' Evensong Friday 17 June 18.30pm

Wykeham Day Evensong Saturday 18 June 17.45pm

Final Evensong of the Year Sunday 19 June 17.45pm

 

History

When William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, founded New College at the end of the fourteenth century, he placed the service of God at the heart of College life. The Chapel was made the most inspiring of the College buildings and was provided with a permanent choir to support and enliven its worship.

The Chapel community today seeks to carry forward this same tradition of praise and thanksgiving, petition and intercession, as part of its local witness to the universal presence and power of God's love. We are an inclusive community, and hope that all who come here will find themselves welcome.

Together, the Chapel and Ante-Chapel form the first T-shaped plan, a form which has since become familiar in a number of Oxford and Cambridge college chapels. 

There are many items of interest housed within, including:

William of Wykeham's crozier

William of Wykeham's Crozier

18th century stained glass

Stained Glass

A spectacular reredos

A large ornamental screen behind the altar

reredos

 

A statue of Lazarus by Jacob Epstein

A statue of Lazarus by Jacob Epstein

The world-famous New College Choir still sing Evensong, which everyone is free to attend. 

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