To step into the Chapel at St Antony’s is to step out of the busyness and business of the ‘normal’ everyday world, and into a place of stillness and calm.
The chapel timetable follows a typically monastic pattern, with a rhythm of daily meditation, morning and evening prayer, compline, the regular celebration of the Eucharist, as well as sung services on Sundays and the major festivals of the Christian year.
This is the central hub around which the life of the Priory revolves, defining the structure of the day and shaping the ethos of everything else we do here.
- On Sundays and Festivals we have a sung Eucharist, with incense, periods of silent prayer and a selection of hymns and Taize chants.
- Weekday services tend to be simpler in format, but always contain significant periods of silence.
Apart from timetabled services, we aim to maintain the chapel as a place reserved for prayer and contemplation at all times.
Members of the public are very welcome to attend any of our services. Please do check the calendar on the homepage in case of any alterations.
If attending services outside of normal opening times (e.g. on a Sunday or in the evening) please access the Chapel via the outside steps, or the new external ramp lift for disabled access (via the garden), rather than through the house, as we may not hear the doorbell.
Our worship is in the catholic tradition of the Church of the England, with a particular emphasis on silent prayer. The Priory has an inclusive policy with regard to Eucharistic Presidency.
9.00am Morning Prayer
10.30am Sung Mass
5.30pm Evening Prayer & Benediction
8.00am Meditation/Quiet Time
8.30am Morning Prayer
12noon Eucharist (Tues & Thur) or Midday Prayer
4.30pm Evening Prayer
8.30pm Compline (Tue-Fri)
The Greater Silence
It is common practice in religious communities to observe periods of silence, especially overnight. Traditionally known as the ‘Greater Silence’, this typically starts after Compline and lasts until Morning Prayer the next day (9pm-9am).
Here at the Priory we ask all residents and guests to maintain the Greater Silence, by refraining from talking and being mindful of the need to preserve the quietness for each other.