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Magdalene College Chapel Termcard


All resident Members are welcome to services and events – we look forward to welcoming you, whatever your tradition, denomination or belief.

The Chapel is a welcoming community offering space, worship and events open to all of any faith or none.

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Holy Communion
15 January – 12 March, 9.00-9.50am
Simple service followed by a free breakfast.

Choral Evensong
22 January – 12 March, 6.00-7.00pm, 
Traditional service with glorious music from the Choir and thoughtful sermons from a range of preachers; followed by drinks in Benson Hall


Morning Prayer
Monday to Thursday in Term, 8.30-8.50am
20 minutes of prayer with Scripture readings

Choral Evensong
Five Thursdays, 6.15-6.50pm
A beautiful Choral service with prayers (no sermon)
26 January, 2 February (St Giles’ Church), 16 February, 2 and 9 March

Candlelit Compline
Wednesdays 25 January and 8 March, 9.00-9.20pm
Ancient plainchant sung in the dark; then port and hot chocolate.

Special Services

Candlemas Evensong
Thursday 2 February 6.15pm, at St Giles’s Church
A candlelit celebration of light on the last of the 40 days of Christmas

College Communion and Chapel Supper
Wednesday 8 February, 6.15pm
All denominations welcome to the service and the curry

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday 22 February, 6.15pm-7.00pm
The ceremony of Ashing, with music and prayers for repentance to mark the start of Lent.

Pepys’ Birthday
Friday 24 February, 6.15pm
A service before the College’s annual Samuel Pepys feast.

‘Cross of the Cosmos’ Choral Evensong
Sunday 26 February, 6.00pm
Choral Evensong A special service with a new sculpture by David Maude-Roxby- Montalto. Roderick Williams sings the premiere of his anthem in its honour. NB Video recording will take place. *Reserve a seat:

Catholic Mass
Monday 27 February, 6.00pm
In Magdalene Chapel with Fr Paul Keane; followed by drinks.

Sunday 12 March, 6.00pm - Membra Jesu nostri, Buxtehude
The Choir will be joined by baroque musicians to give this moving cantata cycle of seven meditations on the Cross. All members of College and their guests are welcome. There is a retiring collection. Please reserve a seat for this highlight of the Term by emailing The Precentor gives an introductory talk at 5.30pm. Drinks follow in Benson Hall c.7.10pm.

Sunday Choral Evensong

‘At Evensong’

Our Term’s theme is drawn from the cantata cycle Membra Jesu nostri by Dietrich Buxtehude which the Choir sing at the end of Term. Each cantata takes part of the crucified body of Christ as the starting point for a meditation on the Passion, so each week we do likewise, exploring varied perspectives on the Cross with invited preachers.

Charity collections are taken for Concrete Rose (support and housing for young people in Cambridge) and Amnesty International.

22 January
‘Ad pedes/To the feet’
The Dean of Chapel

29 January
‘Ad genua/To the knees’
Ms Hannah Fytche PhD student, Divinity Faculty

5 February
‘Ad manus/To the hands’
Sr Gemma Simmonds CJ Director of the Religious Life Institute at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge

12 February
‘Ad latus/To the side’
Dr Giles Waller Research Associate and Affiliated Lecturer, Divinity Faculty and Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme

19 February
‘Ad pectus/To the breast’
Fr Paul Keane Catholic Chaplain to the University, Fisher House

26 February
‘Ad cor/To the heart’; with the ‘Cross of the Cosmos’
Dr Rowan Williams Honorary Fellow; formerly 35th Master of Magdalene and 104th Archbishop of Canterbury

5 March
‘Ad faciem/To the face’
Dr Charles Moseley Life Fellow, Hughes Hall

12 March
Cantata: Membra Jesu Nostri, Buxtehude

Chaplaincy Events

Interfaith reading group ‘Scriptural Reasoning’
1 Feb and 1 March 7.30pm

Fireside Tea and Cake
15 Jan and 2 March 4.00pm

New Year Walk
17 January 1.00pm

Chapel Team Pancakes
21 February 6.00pm

Get Away for a Day

Westminster Abbey
11 February
With the Dean, David Hoyle.

Ely Town and Cathedral
11 March
With Charles Moseley. Change the scene.

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