Virtual Chapel

What’s On?

See below for our online services and groups.

Virtual Evensong: Sundays at 6pm

We are now out of term, and wish all our listeners an enjoyable summer. Thank you for keeping up with us this term!

You can still listen to all our Trinity Term uploads here.

The music in our podcasts has been recorded by past and present members of Trinity College Chapel Choir from their homes around the country (and world!). You can find out more about some of the singers featuring this term in our Virtual Choir Gallery.

Book Group:  Wednesdays at 4pm

Join our Chaplain for an online book discussion group (date and time can be altered according to availability). The Chaplain will scan and send chapters of the book to attendees, and host the discussion over Microsoft Teams.

Interested in joining us? Let the Chaplain know.

From the Chaplain

Sunday of 8th Week
This Sunday, we move into the final week of Trinity Term 2020. None of us could have imagined the way that this term has unfolded. So much of our normal experience of College life has not been possible. Most of you have not been in Oxford. Your lectures, tutorials and exams have happened online. It has not been possible to visit the libraries, eat lunch in Hall, relax on the lawns, row in Summer Eights and just chat to your friends in person. We have not gathered in Chapel to rehearse and to sing, to pray and to worship. Our lives have been restricted. We have had limits placed on how often we could be out, where we could go and who we could meet. We move forward with continuing restrictions about safe distances. Working from home. I have a number of couples waiting desperately to hear whether even a small wedding can take place, counting down the days as they let go of the spectacular event they had planned and hope just to be able to stand in Trinity Chapel and exchange their vows. It is a very strange time to live through and we have not yet come to the end of this pandemic.

The way you have all adapted to these events has been amazing. I have been impressed at the way people have navigated the changes and got on with work, Finals, and even, thank you so much, with singing and making music for Chapel. As term ends, I hope we can all have a rest. Perhaps a few Teams meetings fewer for us all. This week marks the end of this term’s Chapel services, and Virtual Chapel will take a rest too. Thank you to all the singers, readers and musicians. Thank you to Alex and Tristan and Kathy for putting it all together, and to Alannah for coordinating the readers.

I do not know what next term will look like. The University aims to have students back in residence. I will wait to see what kinds of restrictions are in place as I think and plan for next term. We may well have some kind of mixed economy. I think we can also think about how we continue to have an online presence and sometimes share what we do with Old Members and others who have enjoyed tuning in to our services. The College in general may want to think about equipment to enable recording and mixing. Ideas on any of this will be welcome.

My best wishes and prayers for all of those leaving this year. From the Choir, we say thank you and farewell to Marcus Williamson, Aled Evans, Lizzie Dunn, Hayley Myhan, Callan Meynell, Rian Simpson, Tamoi Fuji, Hazel Gardner, and James Milford. Aled has also served as Chapel Warden, and we thank him for that and Freddie Fellows, as he too leaves Trinity.

Particular thanks to Alex Tucker for all he has given to the Choir, Chapel and College as Organ Scholar.

We hope that Grace Taylor-West and Harry Donoghue have good years abroad if they are possible.

May God bless you all and keep you safe until we meet again.

Revd Dr Emma Percy

Prayer and Remembrance

During this time, some of you will have family members who are seriously ill, or perhaps you yourselves will be very ill. It would be good to be able to pray for you and your loved ones, so please email me any prayer requests.
Some of us will lose loved ones during this pandemic and the way that we mark their passing will be very different because of the social distancing measures. Please let me know if you would like help in thinking through how to mark such loss when funerals are going to be so restricted.

Pastoral Care

I am happy to talk on the phone or online through various platforms if you would like support during this time.

Online Resources and Worship

Do you know of other online resources or worship we could link here? Please contact us.

University Chapels & Chaplaincies

For Trinity Chapel’s online services and groups, please see the sidebar to the left.

The University Church of St Mary the Virgin has some very good online resources and some services you can join online.

Christ Church Cathedral has some good online worship, including their ‘Sacred’ podcast services.

Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union is working on moving many of its events online. You can keep up-to-date on their Facebook page.

Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy is live-streaming Mass and Adoration through Facebook.

The Newman Society (Oxford University Catholic Society) is moving its talks and events online.

Podcasts & Blogs

Missing Evensong? Try this BBC Radio 3 podcast. 

A friend of the Chaplain has a good blog for these times.