The services at Worcester College are conducted according to the rites of the Church of England, but those of any faith are welcome to attend. Christians of all denominations are invited to receive communion.
All services are open to the public.
This service takes place on Sunday at 5.45pm, and is the major service of the week: an important part of College tradition. The service consists of a series of responses, a psalm, readings from the Old and New Testaments, an anthem, prayers and a sermon. The preachers come from many walks of life and often give stimulating and entertaining addresses. During Hilary Term there is a sermon series. The service usually lasts an hour and there is opportunity to meet the preacher over a glass of sherry in the Memorial Room afterwards. This service is sung by either the Combined Choirs or the Boys’ Choir.
This choral office consists of responses, a psalm, readings from the Old and New Testaments, an anthem and prayers. It is sung weekly on Tuesday at 6.15pm by the Boys’ Choir. It is sung on alternate Mondays (6.15pm) and Thursdays (6pm) by the Mixed Choir.
The Eucharist or Holy Communion or the Mass is celebrated every other Thursday during term time at 6pm. This central act of worship by the Christian Church consists of Bible readings, a homily, prayers and the distribution of the body and blood of Christ. The Mixed Choir sing parts of the service but there are also hymns for everyone to join in. The sacrament is reserved in the Chapel for devotion and available for anyone to receive at another occasion – please contact the Chaplain to arrange this.
Food for thought, for the senses and for the soul.
The ancient monastic night time office of Compline is sung by a member of the choir every Wednesday night at 9pm in the Chapel. A great way to unwind and find some inner peace at the end of a busy day.
Further information about the Services, the Chaplain, the Chapel's History, and the Choirs can be found on the Chapel website.