Chaplain’s welcome

‘Christ has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence.’
(2 Peter 1:3)

The Anglican College of and within the University of Sydney, St Paul’s College is a Christian foundation in the Anglican tradition and we openly welcome members from any faith background or none. The College was founded on, and remains committed to, teachings that are established by the authority of the Bible for Christ has ‘granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence’ (2 Peter 1:3). Furthermore, as an Anglican College, our expression of the Christian faith is both reformed and catholic, summed up in the three historic Christian Creeds and in the doctrines of the Anglican Church of Australia as set down in The Book of Common Prayer (1662). The chaplaincy and Chapel experience at St Paul’s encourages spiritual curiosity, exploration and reflection. We offer seven services each week throughout the semester, both said and choral.

Chapel Services

All College students and their families as well as staff and members of the public are warmly welcome to attend any of our weekly worship services which are according to The Book of Common Prayer (1662) or A Prayer Book for Australia (1995).

All resident and staff members of the College are warmly invited to attend Chapel, no matter your faith background or if you come from none. Public Choral Evensong resumes Tuesday 20 February 5.15pm in the Chapel, and all are welcome to attend.

Monday – Friday

8:30am Morning Prayer – (20 mins)

Tuesday

5:15pm Choral Evensong – (60 mins)

Friday

12 noon Holy Communion – (30 mins)

Other special services such as ANZAC Day, High Holy Days, Remembrance Day and the Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols will be notified separately. Feel free to contact the Chaplain, the Rev. Antony Weiss, on 0417 240 461 should you require any further information, or would to like discuss any matters with him, or would simply like to arrange an informal catch up.

Our principal service is Choral Evensong, sung each Tuesday from 5:15pm with a sermon delivered by the Chaplain, Warden or occasional guest preacher.

Important annual and occasional services such as Welcome Week and Commencement Services, ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day commemorative services, Valedictory Evensong, and the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols are advised separately.

Chapel Choir

As the Psalmist reminds us, ‘I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving’ (Psalm 69:30).

It is precisely for this that St Paul’s College (like many other colleges in Australia, the UK, and elsewhere, as well as cathedrals and other churches) has a fine choral tradition offering the highest standard of church music.

The St Paul’s College Chapel Choir is the flagship of the musical life at the College. An auditioned choir of students and Lay Clerks, the choir includes some of Australia’s most talented young musicians, many of whom study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. As well as weekly Choral Evensong, the Chapel Choir also sings at semester concerts and additional special services.

Those interested in auditioning or finding out more information about the Chapel Choir, are welcome to contact the Director of Music, Mr Jack Stephens (jack.stephens@stpauls.edu.au). Our organist and composer-in-residence is Mr David Drury, an internationally renowned musician.

Recent videos and other information about the Chapel Choir, and the wider musical life of the College, can be found here.

Semester 1 2024 Music List

The Chapel

The Chapel of St Paul’s College was consecrated in 1960 by the Most Reverend Hugh Rowlands Gough, Archbishop of Sydney 1959-1966. It stands as both the spiritual and liturgical heart of the life of this the College’s Anglican identity and worship which is primarily and outwardly expressed through the public reading of scripture and preaching, through the administration of the sacraments, and through corporate prayer.

The Chapel organ was built by the Dutch organ company, DA Flentrop of Zandaam, and is the only example of their work in Australia. It is neo-classical in style and was installed from 1971 to 1972, thanks to the generosity of the Albert family, who kindly enabled its extensive restoration in 2019.