Socially Isolated | Spiritually Connected

Socially Isolated | Spiritually Connected

While the doors of Merton College Chapel were closed during the 2020 coronavirus lockdown, our virtual channels remained open to bring light and support to our followers and friends. All resources and offerings from this time remain accessible through this page.

Merton College Chapel, seen from the eastern end of Front Quad
Virtual Chapel

While the Chapel is not yet open to the public, we remain open through all our virtual channels to bring light and support to our followers and friends. We hope to continue to offer thoughts, images and beautiful music through the College website, our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, YouTube, and an opportunity for connection and solidarity.

From this page, you can access all of our offerings and resources from the past term, which we hope will bring strength and comfort to our community. We may be socially isolated, but we will remain—as ever—spiritually connected.

A detail from Noli me tangere, probably by Jacopo di Cione, from the collection of the National Gallery, London
Easter

A reflection for Easter Sunday by The Revd Dr Jarred Mercer, Associate Chaplain and Career Development Researcher at Merton College.

A fresco in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Italy, made c.1304-1306 by Giotto, depicting the Lamentation of Christ
The End and the Beginning

A reflection for Holy Saturday by The Revd Canon Dr Simon Jones, Chaplain of Merton College.

Detail from The Crucifixion, by Andrea di Bartolo, from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Crucifixion

A reflection on the Crucifixion by The Revd Dr Jarred Mercer, Associate Chaplain and Career Development Researcher at Merton College.

Detail from The Denial of Saint Peter, by Caravaggio, c.1610
Caiaphas, Peter and Pilate

A reflection on Caiaphas, Peter and Pilate at the trial of Jesus by The Revd Dr Jarred Mercer, Associate Chaplain and Career Development Researcher at Merton College.

Detail from 'The Agony in the Garden', by Eugène Delacroix, 1851, from the collection of the Rijksmuseum
Gethsemane

A reflection on Gethsemane by The Revd Dr Jarred Mercer, Associate Chaplain and Career Development Researcher at Merton College.

A detail from 'The Last Supper', by Ugolino da Siena, c.1325–30, from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Last Supper and Footwashing

A reflection on the Last Supper and Footwashing by The Revd Canon Dr Simon Jones, Chaplain of Merton College.

Detail from 'Christ in the House of Simon' by Dieric Bouts (c.1420 –1475)
The Anointing at Bethany

A reflection on the Anointing at Bethany by The Revd Canon Dr Simon Jones, Chaplain of Merton College.

Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday

A reflection for Palm Sunday by The Revd Canon Dr Simon Jones, Chaplain of Merton College.

Gabriel Jackson's ‘The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ’ - CD cover
‘The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ’

An introduction to Gabriel Jackson's critically-acclaimed 2014 work, commissioned for the College's 750th Anniversary, by The Revd Canon Dr Simon Jones, Chaplain of Merton College.

Detail from a wall painting showing Christ raising Lazarus, from the Hermitage of San Baudelio de Berlanga in Spain
‘Lord, if you had been here …’

A reflection on Jesus and Lazarus from John 11.1-45, written by The Revd Dr Jarred Mercer, Associate Chaplain and Career Development Researcher at Merton College.

Detail from 'The Annunciation' by Fra Angelico
The Annunciation

A reflection on the Annunciation to Mary, written by The Revd Dr Jarred Mercer, Associate Chaplain and Career Development Researcher at Merton College.

Hands together in prayer
Prayer at Home

Resources to help with your spiritual life whilst at home.

Generously shared by The Revd Canon Dr Jennifer Strawbridge, Associate Professor in New Testament Studies, GB Caird Fellow in Theology at Mansfield College.

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Social Media Hub

Our Social Media Hub, to keep connected with our updates on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Merton College & Choir Social Media Hub