Clare College Cambridge

Lent Term 2018

Lent Termcard 2018



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 11 February we will go to Trinity Hall for the Eucharist in their Chapel, and then return to Clare for breakfast.

MORNING PRAYER is said every Monday–Thursday at 8.30 a.m. On Friday, it is said at 8.00 a.m., led by the Christian Union, and is followed by breakfast in buttery.

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 28 February

Thursday                               Evensong, 6.15 p.m.

Sundays                                Evensong, 6.00 p.m.

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; £10.00 others.



Saturday 27 January

Choral Evensong for College Parents' Day

5.00 p.m.

Thursday 1 February

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

6.15 p.m.

Wednesday 14 February

Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
Sung Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

12.30 p.m.
9.30 p.m.

Friday 16 March

Commemoration of Benefactors
(not open to the public)

6.00 p.m.


21 January

The Dean

28 January

The Right Honourable The Lord Hain of Neath
Former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and anti-apartheid campaigner

4 February

Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ
Senior Lecturer in Theology, Heythrop College, London

11 February

Harriet Lamb CBE
Chief Executive, International Alert

18 February

The Baroness Berridge
Chair, All Party Group on International Religious Freedom

25 February

The Right Reverend Dr Peter Selby
Former Bishop of Worcester, Bishop for Prisons, and President of the National Council of Independent Monitoring Boards, 2008-13

4 March

The Dean

11 March

Professor Sir Hew Strachan DL, FBA
Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews,
Emeritus Fellow of All Souls' College, Oxford


Two Chapel Conversations frame this Term, in which we will have the opportunity to explore our broad theme of peace with two fascinating interlocutors. Both events will last for one hour, and then followed by a drinks reception.

Monday 29 January, 6.00 p.m., Clare College Chapel
The Role of Empathy in Peacemaking
Matt Waldman,
Eric Lane Fellow, founding Director of the Centre for Empathy in International Affairs, special adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, 2014/5

Matt Waldman is Clare College’s Eric Lane Visiting Fellow for Lent 2018, a senior adviser to the European Institute of Peace, and founding director of the Center for Empathy in International Affairs. Based in Beirut, he has been involved in several mediation initiatives in the Middle East, including in relation to the Syria conflict.  From 2014–15 he was an adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Syria.

Formerly an international lawyer, he has held a range of foreign affairs positions in the UK and European parliaments, and worked in Afghanistan between 2006 and 2012, including as a senior UN official covering reconciliation with the Taliban. He was a fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs from 2012–14, where his research focussed on foreign policy-making, empathy, and conflict resolution. From 2013–15 he co-directed the Chatham House Opportunity in Crisis project on Afghanistan.

Monday 5 March, 6.00 p.m., The Riley Auditorium
The Role of the Holy See in international Peacebuilding
Archbishop Paul Gallagher,
Secretary for Relations with States, The Vatican

Archbishop Gallagher is the Vatican’s Foreign Minister, responsible for coordinating the extensive diplomatic work of the Holy See. He is the most senior Englishman currently working in the Vatican. Prior to his current role, he worked in diplomatic missions in Tanzania, Uruguay, the Philippines, and Strasbourg, and as Nuncio (ambassador) to Burundi, Guatemala and Australia.  He is an immensely engaging speaker, with a wide-ranging expertise in global affairs.

Booking is essential for this lecture, and priority will be given to Clare members until mid-February. Please email Nicola Robertson (nr399) to reserve your (free) ticket.


Anyone interested in exploring baptism or confirmation is very welcome to speak to the Dean or to one of the Chapel Wardens. There will be a confirmation service during the Easter Term.


The Fitzwilliam Museum is one of Cambridge’s greatest but often under-appreciated treasure houses. On Saturday 27 January, the Dean will introduce and reflect on three items from the collection.  The morning will conclude at 12.15 p.m. with coffee and soup in the Fitzwilliam’s excellent café!  We will depart from Old Court Porters’ Lodge at 10.30 a.m.  All are very welcome.


On Tuesday evenings at 7.30 p.m., there will be a short informal reading and discussion group in E3, lasting for one hour. This term we will be exploring Rowan Williams’ recent book God With Us: The Meaning of the Cross and Resurrection, Then and Now.  Wine, cheese and other refreshments will be provided and all members of College are very welcome.


Monsignor Mark Langham, formerly responsible for relations between the worldwide Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church at the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity in the Vatican, and currently Catholic Chaplain to the University, will speak about his new book on the creative and erudite early 17th century scholars known as the Caroline Divines, and the themes of the Anglican/Roman Catholic dialogue.  There will be plenty of time for questions and conversation.  This talk will conclude with a wine reception at 8.00 p.m.


Each year, because of an historic connection with the parish, Clare supports a placement for a graduate of the College to work at Bede House in Bermondsey. Bede is an established, local charity in south London providing practical and emotional help for clients experiencing domestic violence who also have complex needs.  The small team works with 150 individuals each year using a flexible, creative casework approach and providing peer support through the Freedom Programme and Survivors’ Groups.  This year, an opportunity has arisen to work as an assistant domestic violence caseworker from September 2017.  Harriet Alexander (CL 2012) is the current Clare graduate working at Bede, and she will come and speak about her work at Evensong on Tuesday 30 January at 6.15 p.m.  This will be followed by a glass of wine for any current students who wish to meet Harriet and discuss the placement.  Details of other events that day will be circulated in due course.


On Friday 16 February, there will be a special trip to London for members of the MCR. This will include an opportunity to view the beautiful Wilton Diptych in the National Gallery, before heading for a tour of Westminster Abbey led by the Dean, and Choral Evensong in the Abbey.  Places are limited for this trip. Members of the MCR are invited to email Cloe Legrand (cjl79) to reserve their place.


This term, the Orthodox Christian service of Paraklesis will be held on Wednesdays at 7.30p.m. in Chapel as a ministry that is hosted by both Clare College and The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies. The Paraklesis service was compiled in the ninth century and has been chanted by Orthodox Christians since then in petition for comfort (Gk. paraklesis).  The service consists of the chanting of a supplicatory cannon to the Theotokos, the reading of psalms, and multiple litanies. As a supplicatory service, there is an opportunity at the beginning of each service for participants to submit the names of those for whom they wish prayer to be offered during the service.  All are very welcome. 


This term’s charity is Combat Stress. See for details of their work.


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 sings Victoria’a Missa Ave Regina caelorum for the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas) on Thursday 1 February, and James MacMillan’s setting of the Miserere at the Sung Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes for Ash Wednesday on Wednesday 14 February.  We sing Choral Evensong for College Parents’ Day in Clare Chapel on Saturday 27 January, welcome Farnham Youth Choir for a joint service on Thursday 15 February, and sing a joint service with the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge on Tuesday 13 March in their College Chapel.

Throughout the term the Choir will perform works by Clare alumni William Denis Browne, John Rutter, former Composer-in-Residence Giles Swayne, Graham Ross and Joshua Pacey, as well as former Choir commissions from Nico Muhly and Tarik O’Regan. On Sunday 11 March the Choir gives the première performance of a new set of canticles by Clare undergraduate and Choral Scholar Toby Hession.

On Friday 23 March the Choir give two performances of Dieterich Buxtehude’s seven-part cantata Membra Jesu Nostri which focuses on different parts of Christ’s crucified body.  In-between each 10-minute cantata, author Sebastian Faulks will read extracts from 1918 poetry and movements from his celebrated novel Birdsong.  The Choir will be joined by period instrumentalists, including lutenist and Clare alumna Elizabeth Kenny, and the Chelys Consort of Viols.

Outside of Cambridge, the Choir performs at Bridgewater Hall on Wednesday 31 January in a concert performance of Mozart’s Requiem with the Manchester Camerata.  Much of the music in Chapel throughout this academic term centres on the theme of ‘peace’, and the Choir presents a new programme entitled ‘In peace’ at Loughborough (Saturday 10 March), Stowe (Saturday 17 March), Bedford (Thursday 22 March) and Warrington (Saturday 24 March).  At the end of the Easter vacation the Choir returns to Bury St Edmunds in concert on Tuesday 17 April before touring to Rome from 18–22 April.

Full details are available from the Head of the Chapel Office and the Choir Administrator, or at



THE DEAN, Jamie Hawkey, 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 weekday mornings during full term (from 9.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m). She handles all routine Chapel matters.

THE CHOIR ADMINISTRATOR, Georgina Gulliver is responsible for all the Choir's external engagements. 

THE ORDINANDS are Nathan Joss and Nicholas Quanrud from Westcott House, and David Roberts from Ridley Hall, all reading for University degrees, 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), Emma Rutter and Katie Irwin (Christian Union Representatives, egr32 and kai27), 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.