Chapel


All are welcome in Exeter College Chapel. Whether you are exploring or strengthening faith through worship and prayer, or the honest doubter, the music lover, or someone seeking a place of calm and beauty in the midst of the busyness and confusions of life, you are welcome.

There has been a Chapel in the College since its foundation in 1314, and has fulfilled many different functions over the past seven centuries, as understandings of religion and faith has changed through the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the Oxford Movement. Today the Chapel is, of course a place of divine worship, but also a deliberately inclusive space, belonging to the whole College. As well as a place to seek solace, it seeks to challenge our views of life: it is a place where ideas can be aired and exchanged, where faith and understanding can be explored, in a supportive and respectful manner, through services, and other events.

Services

Exeter College choir rehearses in the beautiful College chapel

Exeter College choir rehearses in the beautiful College chapel

 

Full details of services, music, and preachers can be found here.

You can find the Term Card, with further details of Chapel events here.

All Services are open to members of the general public.

Entrance to the College is via Turl Street.

Sunday

6.00pm Choral Evensong / Eucharist

The main service of the week, where questions of faith, ethics, or morality are explored through music, readings, and a sermon.

Monday

8.00am Oxford University Inter Collegiate Christian Union prayers

Tuesday

8.30am Mattins

A short service of readings and prayers at the beginning of each day; time to reflect on all the day has in store.

6.15pm Choral Evensong

 The jewel of Anglican worship: music, liturgy, and prayers for the world as we seek to find understanding for our lives.

Wednesday

8.30am Mattins

6.15pm Silent Meditation and Reflection

Thursday

8.30am Mattins

6.15pm College Eucharist

With a short address, often given by students. All who attend are invited to a free dinner in the Chaplain’s rooms.

Friday

8.30am Mattins

6.15pm Choral Evensong

On Saints’ Days Choral Evensong is replaced with a Choral Eucharist.

Baptisms and Weddings

The Chaplain is very happy to discuss baptisms, weddings, and blessings of partnerships for current students and old members. Please get in touch in the first instance with the Chaplain.

The Reverend Andrew Allen is the Chaplain.

Music in Exeter Chapel

Exeter College choir rehearse before a wedding in the chapel

 

Music underpins the life of the Chapel. The College’s choir sings three services a week and is directed by the undergraduate organ scholars.  Since the installation of the Walker Organ in 1994 there has been a weekly organ recital every Tuesday at 1.10pm during Full Term.

Outside of the chapel, the choir regularly sings evensong in cathedrals across England, has an annual foreign tour, as well as singing concerts throughout the year, both in Exeter and elsewhere.  More information, including how to audition can be found on the choir’s page

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