We are delighted that our local parish church of St Giles (immediately next door to the College) has kindly opened their doors to us for choral worship. The College is very grateful to the Rector and PCC.
Regrettably, the College is closed to the public and we are unable to welcome the public to services at the moment, whether in College or at St Giles. We look forward to the time when we can extend a more generous welcome again, in the Magdalene way.
We have a new pattern of worship: Sunday Evensong at 6pm and Wednesday Compline at 9pm at St Giles. Sunday morning at 9.30am in Cripps auditorium.Book to attend a service
Every effort has been made to ensure that visiting the Chapel and gathering for worship has minimal risk. Individuals attending worship must not mix in a group of more than 6, arriving and leaving singly and keeping 2 metres apart at all times. Masks are required and everyone should clean their hands on arrival and departure.
Please visit the Chapel Facebook page (you do not need an account to view content) to listen live to an audio streaming of our Sunday evensong and Wednesday Compline. A video service will be released following the Sunday service with music, prayers and the sermon from Evensong on our Chapel Youtube channel. The Sunday morning service will be video streamed live to Facebook.
Booking is required to attend on Sundays at 9.30am, 6pm and Wednesdays at 9pm, as advised by the Chaplain and is limited to 30 people.
There are three locations this term:
St Giles’s Church
Next door to College at the crossroads of Magdalene Street and Chesterton Lane, is a stunning and spacious home for our choral worship while COVID-19 restrictions make our Chapel too small. The College acknowledges their hospitality with gratitude.
The Chapel is open for private prayer and reflection and for small, said services (booking not required; keep 2m distance).
Online for live and recorded services on Sundays and Wednesdays: links on the website.
|Welcome to Chapel||Sunday 4 October, 9.30am in Second Court
|Evensong for the start of the Year||Sunday 11 October, 6pm at St Giles’s Church
Prayers for the new Master and all new Members of College
|Compline for All Souls||Wednesday 4 November 9pm at St Giles’s Church
Prayers to remember loved ones who have died
|College Act of Remembrance||Sunday 8 November
Details to be announced
|Advent Carols||Sunday 28 November at St Giles’s Church
Details to be announced
|Holy Communion||9.30am in College
A short celebration with an address, 4 October – 6 December.
|Choral Evensong||6pm at St Giles’s Church
A beautiful service sung by the Choir, with a sermon.
Weekly Wednesday Compline (TBC)
|Candlelit Compline||Every Wednesday 9pm at St Giles’s Church
20 minutes of eternity. End the day in peace with this monastic service of plainchant and choral anthems.
Weekday Prayer and Stillness in Chapel
|Morning Prayer||Every weekday, 8.30am, 28 September – 11 December|
|Evening Prayer||Every Thursday, 7pm, 8 October – 3 December|
|Midweek Meditation||Every Wednesday 12-12.30pm, 7 October – 2 December|
Sermons in Stones
This term, our sermons take inspiration from the stones of College itself as some of us spend more time within its walls, and some cannot be here. Above the gateways around Second Court are biblical – or biblically resonant – inscriptions. Our preachers, all Members of College or those with a connection here, offer a live or recorded sermon.
|11 October||The Chaplain|
|18 October||UNUM SUFFICIT | One thing suffices
Professor Duffy FBA
Emeritus Fellow and Emeritus Professor of the History of Christianity
|25 October||OMNES HONORATE FRATERNITATEM DILIGITE
Honour all people, love the brotherhood (1 Peter 2.17)
Fr Luigi Gioia
Associate Priest, St Paul's Church Knightsbridge; Visiting Scholar at Magdalene 2016
|VIDI DOMINUM | I have seen the Lord (John 20.18)
(St Mary Magdalene’s words on the first Easter Day)
The Right Reverend Stephen Conway
The Bishop of Ely
|8 November||Prayers for Peace for Remembrance Sunday|
|15 November||IN SAPIENTIA AMBULATE | Walk in wisdom (Colossians 4.5)
Professor Boyle FBA
Emeritus Fellow and Emeritus Schroder Professor of German
|22 November||IN DIES AD DIEM | Day by day until the Day [of Judgement]
The Reverend Dr Robert MacSwain
Associate Professor of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee; delayed Yip Visiting Fellow at Magdalene
|28 November||Advent Carols|
Retiring collections this term go to Cambridge Aid which supports local people in poverty, the British Red Cross Yemen famine appeal and to St Giles’s Church.
Sunday Evenings in Chapel: Light a Candle
Step into Chapel on Sunday nights from 7.30pm to light a candle in peace. No service, just quiet.
Bible Study, Baptism and Confirmation
Read the Bible with others once a week in a relaxed, open group, whatever your perspective: please ask the Chaplain for more details. Every year there is an opportunity to be prepared for Baptism or Confirmation: please contact the Chaplain.
The College Evening Prayer
O God our King, whose glory is always to be praised of thy saints, and yet is not able to be expressed: thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us sinners, and thy holy name is named upon us; forsake us not, O God, but at the last day vouchsafe to set us among thine holy and elect, O King, blessed for ever. Amen.