The Chapel with magnolia in bloom

The Chapel and Chapel Services

Christmas 2021

Midnight Mass this year will be strictly by ticket only for current students, staff and fellows. We wish everyone a blessed and peaceful Christmas and look forward to welcoming you in the new year.

Hilary Term 2022

Weekly services (Friday 14 January - Saturday 12 March):

Please note that this schedule is subject to change according to government and university guidance.

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 - 18 January, 1 and 15 February, 1 March)

Thursday 18.15 Choral Vespers (Boys' Voices)

Friday 18.15 Choral Evensong

Saturday 17.45 Choral Evensong or Choral Eucharist

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

Special Services

Epiphany Carols on Sunday 16 January 2022 at 5.45pm

Candlemas Evensong with Candlelit Procession on Sunday 30 January 2022 at 5.45pm

Cantata Vespers on Sunday 13 February 2022 at 5.45pm

Readings and Music for the Season of Lent on Sunday 13 March 2022 at 5.45pm

J. S. Bach's St John Passion on Sunday 27 March time tbd (paid, ticketed event)

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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