Clare College Cambridge

Lent Term 2017

Lent Termcard 2017


Morning Prayer is said every Monday-Thursday at 8.30 a.m. On Friday it is said at 8.00 a.m. led by members of the Christian Union, and is followed by breakfast in Buttery.

Evening Prayer is said every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5.30 p.m. 

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



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 12 February, we will go to Trinity Hall for the Eucharist in their Chapel, and then return to Clare for breakfast. The Eucharist is also celebrated every Wednesday in Full Term at 12.30 p.m.



Tuesday and Thursday at 6.15 p.m.
The College Choir leads this service of readings, psalms and prayer twice a week during Lent Term.. 

On Sundays during Lent Term, Evensong is replaced by a cantata service, at 6.00pm, which is a liturgical celebration of a cantata by J. S. Bach, followed by an address. More information can be found here. Members of College are asked to wear gowns. The service is follwed by drinks in the Latimer Room and Dinner in Hall to which all who attend Chapel are warmly invited (subject to places available). Cost: £5.00 to members of College, £10.00 others.


CHORAL COMPLINE at 10.00 p.m.

A candle-lit service of sung prayer at the end of the day.

Wednesday 25 January and 8 February


Thursday 2 February

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

6.15 p.m.

Wednesday 1 March

Eucharist (with Imposition of Ashes)
Sung Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

12.30 p.m.
9.30 p.m.

Friday 17 March

Commemoration of Benefactors
(not open to the public)

6.00 p.m.


22 January

The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Professor the Lord Williams of Oystermouth FBA
Master of Magdalene College; Dean of Clare 1984-86

29 January

The Dean

5 February

Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP
Blackfriars, Oxford

12 February

The Rt Revd Jana Jeruma-Grinberga
Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain, 2009-14

19 February

The Very Revd John Hall
Dean of Westminster

26 February

Canon David Porter
Chief of Staff to the Archbishop of Canterbury

5 March

Professor Eamon Duffy FBA
Emeritus Professor of the History of Christianity

12 March

The Dean

EVENSONG ON 19th MARCH – LENT III, 4.30 p.m.

Unusually, Choral Evensong will be sung on the Sunday after the close of Full Term at 4.30 p.m. The preacher will be The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, Dean of York, former Chaplain of Clare and Honorary Fellow.


Anyone interested in considering baptism or confirmation is very welcome to speak to the Dean or to come for a glass of wine in E3 on Tuesday 21 February at 7 p.m. There will be a confirmation service during the Easter Term.


After last term’s very popular art walks, we are delighted that on Saturday 4th February the Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Tim Knox, has agreed to reflect on three of his own favourite pieces from the collection.  The Fitzwilliam Museum is one of Cambridge’s greatest but often under-appreciated treasure houses.  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 members of Clare are most welcome.


On Tuesday evenings at 7.30 p.m. in E3, there will be a short informal reading and discussion group firstly to finish Rowan Williams’ short book Being Disciples, and then to read Mark Oakley’s book The Collage of God. Wine, cheese and other refreshments will be provided and all members of College are very welcome.


On Wednesday 22nd February at 6.15 p.m. in the Latimer Room, Rizwan Hussein, our Eric Lane Fellow for this term at Clare, will give a presentation on combatting Islamophobia both in the UK and more widely.  There will be plenty of time for questions and wide-ranging discussion, and all are welcome.  Rizwan is the director of Jawaab – a network of grassroots voices against hate, racism and Islamophobia.  For more details see


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.  Emma Simmons (CL 2012) is the current Clare graduate working at Bede, and she will come and speak about her work at Evensong on Tuesday 7th February at 6.15 p.m.  This will be followed by a glass of wine for any current students who wish to meet Emma and discuss the placement.  Details of other events that day will be circulated in due course.


On Friday 17th 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 Edyth Parker (ep484) to reserve their place.


There will be no pre-Sunday Evensong recitals this term, to take account of the Reformation series. Instead, organ voluntaries will begin before each Sunday service at around 5.45 p.m., offered as preparation for the worship to follow.


This term’s collections will go to Save the Children’s Syria Appeal. For more information, please see



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, Arthur Keefer, assists the Dean in the life of the Chapel.  He is completing a PhD in Old Testament studies. 

THE CHAPEL ADMINISTRATOR, Nicola Robertson, works weekday mornings (from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m). She handles all routine Chapel matters.

THE CHOIR ADMINISTRATOR, Rachel Haworth, is responsible for all the Choir's external engagements. 

THE ORDINANDS are Mark Pybus from Ridley Hall, and Nathan Joss and Nicholas Quanrud from Westcott House, 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.

CHAPEL READERS:  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 Olivier Grouille (MCR Representatives, clc84 and olgg2), Hannah Fytche and Claire Lovell (Christian Union Representatives, hrf24 and cjl85) and Alexander Johnsen (Fisher House Representative (atfj2).

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


Requests for prayer may be left in the Antechapel