Oriel College Chapel

"The cross stands still while the world turns" - Bruno of Cologne

Chapel is a place of prayer and learning at the heart of the Oriel community. Sacred music sung by our superb Choir is an important part of the College’s identity and tradition of Christian worship stretching back centuries. Come and see for yourself!


All our services are based on the Book of Common Prayer.

Choral EvensongSundays at 6pm. Our main service of the week combines profound liturgy and Scripture with ancient and modern music and hymns sung by the Choir and congregation. Everyone is warmly invited for drinks with the Chaplain and the Provost after the service, and it's a nice way to begin an evening at Formal Hall with friends.

Morning Prayer: Weekdays at 8.10am. An opportunity to listen to Scripture and to pray at the start of the day. We're done in time for breakfast in Hall.

Holy Communion: Wednesdays at 6pm. You can join in as much or as little as you feel comfortable. The Choir sings on Wednesdays and often a student will give the homily. Sign-in to Formal Hall afterwards.

Compline: Thursdays at 9.30pm. A peaceful time of prayer by candlelight led by the choral scholars to help us wind down at night. Let yourself be carried along, relax, and de-stress. If you're not quite ready to go to bed, all are welcome for hot chocolate in the Chaplain’s room afterwards.

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Get Involved

All Members of College are warmly invited to take part in the life and activities of the Chapel. Come along and find out more from the Chaplain or one of the Bible Clerks. 

It is possible to book the Chapel for concerts and music recitals. Please contact chaplain@oriel.ox.ac.uk for more details.