Oriel College Chapel

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

The College Chapel is a place of prayer and learning at the heart of Oriel, which was founded in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1326. Sacred music sung by our superb Choir is an important part of the College’s identity and tradition of Christian worship stretching back seven centuries. Prayers are offered every day on behalf of the College and its students.

Regular Services

Divine service is held daily during Full Term. All are welcome.

Choral Evensong: Sundays at 6pm. Our main service of the week combines traditional liturgy and Scripture with music and hymns sung by the Choir and congregation.

Holy Communion: sung by the Choir on Wednesdays at 6pm. Communion is also celebrated on Fridays and Feast Days at 8am.

Morning Prayer: Monday to Saturday at 8am. On Feast Days, Morning Prayer is at 7.30am and Holy Communion is at 8am.

Evening Prayer: Monday to Saturday at 6pm.

Compline: Thursdays at 9.30pm. A peaceful time of prayer by candlelight led by the choral scholars to help us wind down at night. 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.