Magdalen College Chapel

Magdalen College Chapel has been a place of worship and prayer since the Fifteenth Century. It is among the most active in the University, with about fourteen services a week during Full Term. Magdalen College was one of the leading choral foundations in late-medieval England. The Choir was founded in 1480 and this historic legacy has been maintained over five centuries and continues today. Members of the public are warmly welcome to attend any of our services. 

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 men of the Choir are joined by female undergraduates 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.

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The Revd Dr Andrew Bowyer

Magdalen College Oxford OX1 4AU

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Hilary Term Services (19 Jan - 28 March, Good Friday & Easter Day)

Every day at 6 p.m.

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, 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 Tuesday to Saturday in Full Term

Tuesday
6.00 pm Choral Evening Prayer (sung by the Choristers only)

Wednesday
6.00pm Choral Evensong

Thursday
6.00 pm Choral Evensong

Friday
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)

Good Friday Liturgy with the College Choir
10 Apr 2020, Noon.
A meditative service of music and readings to mark the crucifixion of Jesus Christ
Gospel: Victoria's The Passion according to St John
Anthem: Tallis' The Lamentations of Jeremiah

Easter Day Festal Sung Eucharist
12 Apr 2020, 11 a.m.
High Street
Oxford
Mass Setting: Mozart's Krönungsmesse

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