The College Chapel dates back to the end of the thirteenth century and stands at the heart of our ancient College as a witness to Christian worship over almost 750 years. Today the Chapel is home to a lively and diverse Christian community which continues this faithful offering of worship with daily services during term time. Visitors are welcome to join members of the College at all our services. Each year a number of Mertonians get married here, and the Chapel is also a popular venue for concerts and plays. To find out more, contact the Chaplain, Simon Jones.
In 5th Week of Hilary term, the College took part in a University-wide week of Monastic Prayer, Life Together.
Information about booking the Chapel for concerts and recordings is available to download. For any further enquiries, please contact the Chapel Administrator.
The Chapel Bells
The Chapel bells were cast by Christopher Hodson in 1680. They are the oldest complete ring of eight by one founder in existence. The tenor weighs 24 hundredweight and is tuned to E♭. One or two bells are tolled before every service in the Chapel. All eight are rung on a number of special occasions in the year, including Remembrance Sunday (half-muffled), Shrove Tuesday (when the College commemorates the Founder, Walter de Merton), HM The Queen's Official Birthday, and at weddings. They are normally rung by the Oxford Society of Change Ringers.