Hilary Term 2023
Preachers this term:
First week (15 January) The Chaplain
Second week (22 January) The Assistant Chaplain
Third week (29 January) The Rt Revd Olivia Graham, Bishop of Reading
Fourth week (5 February) The Revd Rajiv Sidhu, Assistant Curate, St Mary’s, Portsea
Fifth week (12 February) The Revd Dr Andrea Russell, Warden of Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden
Sixth week (19 February) The Revd Clare Hayns, College Chaplain, Christ Church, Oxford
Seventh week (26 February) Sr Ann Swailes OP, Assistant Chaplain, Fisher House, Cambridge
Eighth week (5 March) The Chaplain
Choral Reflection: the Beatitudes
This term, our Choral Reflections (Mondays at 6 pm) focus on the Beatitudes (the ‘Blessed are…’ sayings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount). The aim of this service is to provide a more reflective space, taking one idea or passage from Scripture each term and shaping a series of responses around it using music, words and silence. All are welcome to any or all of these Reflections.
During Hilary full term, Compline will be sung at 9.15 pm. There will be the opportunity for conversation over a quiet drink after the service, usually in the Chaplain’s room.
Epiphany Carol Service
On Sunday of 1st week (15 January) at 6 pm, we will celebrate the Epiphany with a Carol Service sung by the combined choir. Hymns for all to sing will be joined by anthems from the choir and seasonal readings.
College Communion for Candlemas
The whole Christian community in College is invited to gather and celebrate the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas) with a service of Holy Communion on Sunday of 3rd week at 6 pm. We will be joined by the Bishop of Reading, the Rt Revd Olivia Graham, who will give the sermon.
College Communion will also be offered on Thursday of 2nd and 4th weeks at 6pm. These simple services are a time for any who would like to come together and be thankful.
Roman Catholic Mass in College
One of the University Catholic Chaplains will say Mass in our Chapel on Monday of 6th week (20 February). The Choir will sing. All are welcome.
The season of Lent begins in College with a service of Holy Communion on Ash Wednesday (Wednesday of 6th week, 22 February) at 6 pm. The service will include the opportunity to receive the sign of the cross on the forehead in ash, a traditional symbol of penitence and faith. (Please note: as the choir are singing on Wednesday evening in 6th week, the Thursday evening service on 23rd February will be said Evening Prayer.)
Worcester College Composers’ Evensong
Join us on Thursday of 7th week at 6 pm for a service of Choral Evensong featuring music exclusively by current Worcester College composers. Come and support your friends and discover new talent!
The Way of the Cross: Music and Readings for Lent
The Chapel presents a meditative service of music, readings, and reflection for the Lenten season on Thursday of 8th week (9 March) at 6 pm.
This term’s charity
The Sunday collection in Chapel this term will support the charity Mary’s Meals, which serves nutritious school meals to children living in some of the world’s poorest countries. The promise of a good meal attracts these hungry children into the classroom, giving them the energy to learn and hope for a better future. Mary’s Meals feeds more than two million children around the world every school day. More information can be found at: marysmeals.org.uk