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Virtual Evensong: Gaudy

Join us for prayer, reflection and music from Exeter College Choir as the Reverend Andrew Allen leads an online Evensong.



Words: H. Vaughan
Music: C.H.H.Parry, Exeter College 1867
Recorded in 2014 under the direction of George de Voil


Minister     O Lord, open thou our lips.

All              And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

Minister     O God, make speed to save us.

All              O Lord, make haste to help us.

Minister     Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

All              As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

Minister     Praise ye the Lord.

All              The Lord’s name be praised.

Psalm 121
Recorded live at the 2019 Commemoration of Benefactors Service


Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: and by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength. For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety. Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate. He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person. My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: so shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

Proverbs 24


The Gloucester Service
Recorded live in 2019 at the choir and organ open day evensong


Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

1 John 4


Recorded live in 2019



I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand
of God the Father Almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge
the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
The holy Catholick Church;
The Communion of Saints;
The Forgiveness of Sins
The Resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting. Amen.


Minister     The Lord be with you.

Choir           And with thy spirit.

Minister     Let us pray.

Minister     Lord, have mercy upon us.

Choir           Christ, have mercy upon us.

Minister     Lord, have mercy upon us.

All             Our Father, which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come, thy will be done
in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Minister     O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.

Choir           And grant us thy salvation.

Minister     O Lord, save the Queen.

Choir           And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.

Minister     Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.

Choir           And make thy chosen people joyful.

Minister     O Lord, save thy people.

Choir          And bless thine inheritance.

Minister     Give peace in our time, O Lord.

Choir           Because there is none other that fighteth for us but only thou, O God.

Minister     O God, make clean our hearts within us.

Choir           And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.


O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed; Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that  by thee we being defended from the fear of our enemies may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy, defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


Words: liturgy for Maundy Thursday
Music: Gjeilo
Recorded in 2018 under the direction of Bartosz Thiede


O gracious, loving, and wise God we give thanks for this College: for friendships kindled and nurtured here; for wisdom imparted, for knowledge discovered. Bless, we pray thee, all who contribute to the life of this place, that in each generation it may continue a place of integrity and scholarship, of support and care, of challenge and possibilities. Amen.

We pray for our world: for the many millions affected by the coronavirus. We give thanks for those who risk their lives to serve others; we give thanks too for those who dedicate their lives to understanding and controlling it. We pray in solidarity with those who have been bereaved, and pray in hope for a world re-ordered, where human lives are valued more than economics; where we can reconnect, having learned what it means to have our freedoms curbed. Guide and strengthen all who are responsible for others during this pandemic. Amen.

We give thanks for the hope that comes from the resurrection: we rejoice that our lives are illumined by the light of the resurrection, and so in that light we bring to God our fears and worries, as well as our thanksgivings and ask for his mercy and blessing. Amen.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost,
be with us all ever more. Amen.


Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways!
Re-clothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard,
beside the Syrian sea,
the gracious calling of the Lord,
let us, like them, without a word,
rise up and follow thee.

O Sabbath, rest by Galilee,
O calm of hills above
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love.

Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire
thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.

Words: J.G.Whittier
Music: Repton
C.H. H Parry, Exeter College 1867
Recorded in 2014 under the direction of George de Voil

The Lord preserve your going out and your coming in. Alleluia! Alleluia!

From this time forth, for ever more. Alleluia! Alleluia!

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