Services

Services,  March - May 2020

All services are in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula unless otherwise indicated*. 
There are no services during August or on the Sundays immediately following Christmas and Easter. 

 

1 March – Lent 1
0915
Holy Communion (Chapel Royal of St John the Evangelist)
1100 Matins with Sermon
Responses: Sumsion
Psalm 32
Benedicite: Sumsion
Anthem: Wash me throughly (Wesley)
Lessons: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 and Matthew 4:1-11
Hymns 67, 64, 70
Voluntary:
Allegro from Sonata No 1 (Mendelssohn)

 

8 March - Lent 2
0915 Holy Communion
1100 Matins with Sermon
Responses: Tallis
Psalm 121
Benedictus: Tallis
Anthem: God so loved the world (Stainer)
Lessons: Genesis 12:1-4a  and John 3:1-17
Hymns 76, 69, 74
Voluntary:
Prelude in B minor, BWV 544 (J S Bach)
 

15 March – Lent 3
0915
Holy Communion
1100
Matins with Sermon
Responses: Morley
Psalm 46
Benedictus: Hunt
Anthem: O crux splendidior (Philips)
Lessons: Exodus 17:1-7 and John 4:5-42
Hymns 65, 84, 73
Voluntary: Vater unser im Himmelreich (Böhm)

The Church of England has suspended all public services from 17 March 2020 - see here.
There are no services at the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London, until further notice. 
This page will be updated as and when the situation changes.

22 March – Lent 4 - Mothering Sunday
0915 Holy Communion
1100 Matins with Sermon
Responses: Smith
Psalm 23
Te Deum: Howells (Collegium Regale)
Anthem: Tota pulchra es (Duruflé)
Lessons: Exodus 2:1-10 and Luke 2:33-35
Hymns 440, 297, 413
Voluntary:
Psalm Prelude 1, Set 1 (Howells)

 

29 March – Lent 5 - Passion Sunday
0915 Holy Communion (Chapel Royal of St John the Evangelist)
1100 St John Passion (Bach)
(separate service sheet) Entry to this is free but please contact the Chapel Administrator to be sure that there is a space for you. This liturgical performance will last two hours. 

 

5 April – Palm Sunday
0915
Holy Communion (Chapel Royal of St John the Evangelist)
1045 Matins with Procession and Sermon
Responses: Neary
Psalm 61
Te Deum: Stanford in C
Anthem: Hosanna to the Son of David (Weelkes)
Lessons: Isaiah 50:4-9a and Matthew 21:1-11
Hymns 509, 95, 511
Voluntary: tbc


Monday 6, Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 April – Compline at 1900


9 April – Maundy Thursday 1900 (Chapel Royal of St John the Evangelist)
Introit: In monte Oliveti (Croce)
Mass for Three Voices (Byrd)
Motet: Ave verum (Byrd)
Epistle: 1 Cor 11:17- end and Gospel: Luke 23:1-49

 

10 April – Good Friday
1800 – Good Friday Devotion
1900 – Reading of St Mark’s Gospel by David Suchet CBE

 

12 April – Easter Sunday
0915 Holy Communion (Chapel Royal of St John the Evangelist)
1100 State Parade and Holy Communion
Missa Brevis in C (Mozart)
Lessons: Acts 10:34-43 and Matthew 28:1-10
Motet: This Joyful Eastertide (Wood)

Hymns: 110, 118, 124, 120
Voluntary: tbc

 

19 April – No services
 

26 April – Easter 2
0915
Holy Communion
1100
Holy Communion
Darke in F Communion Service
Motet: Christus vincit (MacMillan)
Epistle: 1 Peter 2:19-end and Gospel: John 10:11-16
Hymns 106, 113,107
Voluntary: tbc

 

3 May – Easter 3
0915 Holy Communion (Chapel Royal of St John the Evangelist)
1100 Matins with Sermon
Responses: tbc

Psalm 29
Benedicite: Harris
Anthem: The Call (Vaughan Williams)
Lessons: Genesis 7 and John 10:1-10
Hymns 117, 115, 119
Voluntary: tbc

 

10 May – Easter 4
0915 Holy Communion
1100 Matins with Sermon
Responses: Clucas
Psalm 31: 1-5
Jubilate: Britten in C
Anthem: Alleluia, Christus Resurrexit (Mawby)
Lessons: Genesis 8:1-19 and John 14:1-14
Hymns 103, 121, 124
Voluntary: tbc

 

17 May – Easter 5
0915
Holy Communion
1100
Matins with Sermon
Responses: tbc
Psalm 66: 7-end
Te Deum: Haydn
Anthem: If ye love me (Tallis)
Lessons: Genesis 8:20 – 9:17 and   John 14:15-21
Hymns 112, 118, 105
Voluntary: tbc

 

21 May - Ascension Day
1800 Sung Evensong (Chapel Royal of St John the Evangelist)
Psalm 47
Fauxbourdon Evening Service (Tallis)
Anthem: Ascendit Deus (Philips)
Lessons:
Acts 1:1-11 and Mark 16:14-end.
Hymns: 134, 130

 

24 May - Easter 6
0915 Holy Communion
1100 Matins with Sermon
Responses: Tomkins
Psalm 68: 1-10
Jubilate: Tomkins (Second Service)
Anthem: O God, the proud are risen (Tomkins)
Lessons: Ezekiel 36: 24-28 and John 17:1-11
Hymns 134, 375, 332
Voluntary: tbc

 

31 May – Pentecost

0915 Holy Communion (Chapel Royal of St John the Evangelist)
1100 State Parade and Holy Communion
Missa sopra l’aria di Firenza (Frescobaldi)
Motet: O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit (Tallis)
Epistle: Acts 2:1-11 and Gospel: John 14:15-31a
Hymns 440, 342, 367, 368
Voluntary: tbc

 

 

*Please note that for certain major services, in particular the Christmas Carol Service, admission is by ticket issued in advance and/or by named lists, so anyone arriving without a ticket or whose name is not on a list for one of these popular services may be refused admission. The Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula seats only 180 - far fewer than many parish churches - and there is simply not room for as many as would like to attend some services.  Please check, at the latest by the preceding Friday, with the Chapel Admininistrator to avoid disappointment.  Thank you for your understanding.