Online Evensong

Univ Chapel during a Carols by Candlelight serviceWelcome to Online Evensong from Univ. These are services that we recorded and posted during Trinity Term 2020, when College was operating remotely because of covid-19.

During this term we continued to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the admission of women as students, as we had throughout the academic year. All our guest preachers were women, and you can read about them on our list of preachers for this term.

Each of the eight services that you will find at the bottom of this page is a shortened version of Choral Evensong, from the Book of Common Prayer. Most of the texts are in the form in which they have been used since the seventeenth century, when our College Chapel was built.

Lectern in Univ ChapelMost of the service is based on the Christian Bible, and it was written to help people to pray together.

Whether or not you consider yourself a person of religious faith, or a person who prays, we hope that these recorded services will be a useful resource for you. So here are some different ways in which you might approach them:

  • As a space for reflection in which you can let the words and music flow over you, or engage with them as actively as you wish.
  • As a chance to be transported to another place, through what we hear and experience together, wherever we may be.

Candle in Univ ChapelParticipating in Evensong online may take a bit of getting used to, as may Evensong itself, which may be new to many who listen to it here.

However the service is a form of worship that has stood the test of time. Others have found that this combination of words, music and space is helpful to them, and we hope that it may be helpful to you too.

Were you at Evensong in our Chapel, our candles would all be lit. Perhaps you might like to light one at home as we begin?

Online Evensong from Univ – Sunday 26 April – 14 June 2020

Sunday 26 April 2020

Sunday 3 May 2020

Sunday 10 May 2020

Sunday 17 May 2020

Sunday 24 May 2020

Sunday 31 May 2020

Sunday 7 June 2020

Sunday 14 June 2020

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