Clare College Cambridge

Lent Term 2019

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THE EUCHARIST is celebrated every Sunday morning at 9.30 a.m. – a simple service with a short address, followed by croissants and coffee in E3. On Sunday 24 February at 9.00 a.m., we will be joined by the congregation of Trinity Hall, after which we head to their Hall for a cooked breakfast.

MORNING PRAYER is said every Monday–Thursday at 8.30 a.m.

EVENING PRAYER is said every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5.30 p.m.

CHORAL COMPLINE is a candle-lit service of sung prayer at the end of the day.

Silence for meditation and private prayer is kept in Chapel every day from noon until 1.00 p.m.


Tuesdays                              Evensong, 6.15 p.m.

Wednesdays                         Compline, 10.00 p.m. on 30 January, 13 February

Thursday                               Evensong, 6.15 p.m.

Sundays                                Evensong, 6.00 p.m.
                                              (Choral Eucharist at 11.00 a.m on 3 February)

Members of College are asked to wear gowns to Sunday evening services. This service is followed by drinks and dinner in Hall, to which all who attend Chapel are warmly invited (subject to places available). Cost: £5.00 members of College; £11.00 others.



Wednesday 23 January

Admission of New Fellows
(not open to the public)

7.00 p.m.

Sunday 3 February

Sung Eucharist for Candlemas
(The Presentation of Christ in the Temple)

11.00 a.m.

Saturday 9 February

Choral Evensong for College Parents' Day

5.00 p.m.

Wednesday 6 March

Vigil with Imposition of Ashes

10.00 p.m.

Sunday 10 March

James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross, performed liturgically

6.00 p.m.

Friday 15 March

Commemoration of Benefactors
(not open to the public)

6.00 p.m.


3 February (N.B. 11 a.m.)

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple’
Dr Jane McLarty
Lecturer in the New Testament, Westminster College, Cambridge

20 January

‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’
The Dean

27 January

‘Today you will be with me in paradise’
Dr Simon Gathercole
Reader in New Testament Studies, Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge

10 February

‘Behold your son; behold your mother’
The Rev’d Professor Ben Quash
Professor of Christianity & the Arts, King’s College, London

17 February

‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’
Mgr Mark Langham
Roman Catholic Chaplain to the University

24 February

‘I thirst’
Professor Ian McFarland
The Regius Professor of Divinity

3 March

'It is finished'
The Dean

10 March

‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit’
The Rt Rev’d Stephen Conway
Lord Bishop of Ely



The Dean would be delighted to speak to anyone interested in exploring Baptism or Confirmation. There will be an opportunity to be Baptised or Confirmed in Chapel at a Sunday service during Easter Term.


Chapel Conversations are held twice a term, with a variety of stimulating speakers, as a resource for wider ethical and intellectual reflection among the College community. Each event lasts for an hour (including a time for questions and debate), and is followed by a drinks reception. All are warmly welcome to attend.  

Monday 28 January, 6.00 p.m., Clare College Chapel
How can we all play a part in peace-building?
Harriet Lamb CBE, Eric Lane Fellow; Chief Executive, International Alert
Harriet Lamb is Clare College’s Eric Lane Visiting Fellow for Lent 2019. She is the CEO of International Alert, one of the world’s leading peace-building organisations. Working across twenty countries, International Alert’s key themes range from gender relations to the role that the private sector can play in supporting peace. Prior to this, Harriet was CEO of Fairtrade International. She was appointed CBE in 2006, and has also been Credit Suisse Business Woman of the Year. She is an honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall. 

Monday 11 February, 6.00 p.m., Clare College Chapel
Unlocking Narnia
Dr Michael Ward, Senior Research Fellow, Blackfriars, Oxford
To tie in with the Reading Group’s ongoing exploration of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, we welcome Dr Michael Ward, the world’s leading authority on Lewis’ literary corpus. His book, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (OUP, 2008) provided a groundbreaking new interpretation of the Narnia series; he was also the co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (CUP, 2010). Dr Ward previously served as a Decani Scholar at Clare, and it is a great joy to welcome him back to College.


On Tuesday evenings at 7.30 p.m. (beginning 22 January), there will be a short informal reading and discussion group in E3, lasting for one hour. During Lent Term, we continue our progress through C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series. Wine, cheese and other refreshments will be provided, and all members of College are very welcome. Copies of the books will be available.


The Parker Library at Corpus Christi College is one of the most significant surviving renaissance libraries in Europe. Its collection includes the sixth-century St Augustine Gospels, the earliest copy of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, and many key Reformation documents. On Wednesday 23 January, we will be given a special private tour of the Parker Library’s treasures. We’ll meet at 2.45 p.m. at Old Court Porters’ Lodge to head to Corpus, and finish with coffee and cake at Fitzbillies. All members of Clare are most welcome – spaces are limited, so please email Nicola Robertson in the Chapel Office ( to reserve your place.  


This Term’s cover photograph is detail from Dali’s Christ of St John of the Cross.


This term’s charity is Cambridge Pink Week. Pink Week launched at Clare in 2014, and has now grown to become an annual Cambridge-wide initiative every Lent Term. It aims to raise money for various charities that support breast cancer research and breast cancer care. You can find out more at:


Each Sunday during full term there is a recital in Chapel at 5.25 p.m. before Evensong. Visitors are welcome, and admission is free.  The recital is a preparation for the worship to follow, and those present are invited to reflect and meditate silently during the musical offering.


This Lent Term the Choir continues its commitment of performing often neglected and lesser-performed works by female composers, including works by Judith Bingham and Joanna Ward (20 January), Elizabeth Poston (24 January), Elizabeth Maconchy and Sofia Gubaidulina (27 January), Eleanor Daley (12 February), Grace Williams (19 February), Cecilia McDowall (26 February–3 March), and, in the week of International Women’s Day, a service of liturgical music exclusively by women: authoress Cecil Frances Alexander and composers Lili Boulanger, Cecilia McDowall, Imogen Holst, Amy Beach, and Jessie Seymour Irvine (3 March).

The Choir premières a new Mass setting by Clare MPhil student Toby Hession for the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas) on Sunday 3 February, and a setting of Media vita by former Director of Music Timothy Brown on Thursday 14 March. 2019 marks the 60th birthday of James MacMillan, one of today’s most significant living composers. The Choir performs his setting of the Miserere at the Vigil and Imposition of Ashes for Ash Wednesday on Wednesday 6 March, and is joined by the strings of The Dmitri Ensemble to perform his landmark work Seven Last Words from the Cross on the final Sunday of term in a special Service of Music for Passiontide (10 March).

We sing Choral Evensong for College Parents’ Day in Clare Chapel on Saturday 9 February, welcome the Choirs of Girton and Gonville & Caius Colleges for joint services in our Chapel on 22 January and 19 February respectively.

The Choir joins other Cambridge choirs and orchestras in a special concert performance of Britten’s War Requiem in King’s College Chapel on Saturday 19 January, conducted by Graham Ross. Clare College hosts its biennial Song Competition this term, culminating in a public Masterclass with pianist Roger Vignoles and the public Final taking place on Wednesday 13 March. Alongside its regular series of Monday lunchtime recitals, Clare College Music Society hosts its termly symphonic concert in West Road Concert Hall on Thursday 14 March, at which former Clare Director of Music and Honorary Fellow John Rutter conducts his setting of the Requiem.

During the Easter vacation, the choir tours to Canada, the USA, and Mexico, and appears at St John’s, Smith Square’s Holy Week Festival on Holy Saturday, 20 April.

Full details are available from the Chapel Office, or at



THE DEAN, Mark Smith, is responsible for the life of the Chapel and has a general pastoral role in the College.  He is always happy to talk with all members of the College about any matters of concern or interest and can usually be found in E3. In cases of genuine emergency, he can be contacted 24 hours a day through the Porters' Lodge.  

THE DIRECTOR OF MUSIC, Graham Ross, is responsible for music in Chapel. He can be contacted in E4.

THE DECANI SCHOLAR, Kirsty Borthwick, and the ALMA ROYALTON KISCH SCHOLAR, Daniel Tolan, assist the Dean in the life of the Chapel. They are both studying for PhD degrees in Theology in the Faculty of Divinity.

THE HEAD OF THE CHAPEL OFFICE, Nicola Robertson, works 9.30 a.m. - 2.00 p.m Monday, Tuesday,Thursday and Friday and 12.00 p.m - 4.30 p.m. Wednesday during full term. She handles all routine Chapel matters.

THE CHOIR ADMINISTRATOR, Sophie Alabaster is responsible for all the Choir's external engagements. 

THE ORDINANDS this term include David Roberts from Ridley Hall, who is reading for a University degree, and on attachment at Clare this year.

THE CHAPEL WARDENS look after the running of Chapel services and events. They meet for lunch from 1.00 p.m. on Tuesdays in E3 to plan the coming week. Please speak to the Dean or Decani Scholar if you would like to be involved.

THE CHAPEL READERS speak at Chapel services: any members of College who would like to offer to read in Chapel should speak to the Dean or one of the Chapel Wardens.

THE REPRESENTATIVES are  Christian Coppa and Navin Ramikrishna (MCR Representatives, clc84 and nr384), Freddie Bird and Billy Backhouse (Christian Union Representative, fb470 and wb282) and Sr. Ann Swailes (Assistant Chaplain and Fisher House Representative, acs92).

CHAPLAINS TO THOSE OF OTHER FAITHS are Rabbi Yisroel Malkiel ( and Mrs Elisheva Malkiel (, Jewish Chaplains to the University; Dr Rachael Harris (rmh1001), Buddist Chaplain to the University; and Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (tjw31) and Shaykh John Butt (, Moslem Chaplains to the University.

Requests for prayer may be left in the Antechapel.