Worship in St Andrews

The University has two chapels: St Salvator's Chapel and St Leonard's Chapel. These chapels – both of which date back to the 15th century – are the central points for most University services of worship. Services in the University chapels are organised by the Chaplaincy team, headed up by the Chaplain to the University, the Rev Dr Donald MacEwan. 

Students, staff and members of the public are all welcome to attend the services and prayer meetings in the University chapels. 

For information about getting married in the University chapels, please take a look at the weddings pages. 

Worship in St Salvator's Chapel

The University invites all visitors to the chapel to share in its on-going life of prayer, whether by taking time to sit and pray, enjoying its silence or its music, or by joining in worship. 

St Salvator's Chapel is open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday for individual prayer and meditation. The chapel is also open from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays year round, and 9am to 5pm on Sundays outside of term time, subject to bookings.

St Salvator's Chapel seats approximately 320. The pews face each other across the Chapel in collegiate style in the main part, with chairs facing forward in the ante-Chapel, behind a decorative screen. There is wheelchair access to the Chapel via the north entrance. 

Find out about the history of St Salvator's Chapel

Sunday service

Sundays at 11am.

A weekly University service takes place each Sunday with St Salvator's Chapel Choir and distinguished visiting preachers. An optional Eucharist follows each service; this is an interdenominational service to which all are welcome to share communion.

Two-thirds of chapel offerings from the Sunday service are given to charity and one-third goes to the work of the Chaplaincy. 

Morning prayer

Monday to Friday at 8.45am.

Readings and prayers in St Salvator's Chapel.

Choral evensong

Wednesdays at 5.30pm and Sundays at 4pm.

A 45-minute service of prayer, both spoken and sung, mainly by the St Salvator's Chapel Choir.

Evensong services - Candlemas semester 2017 (PDF) Evensong services - Candlemas semester 2017 (PDF)

Worship in St Leonard's Chapel

Situated within the grounds of St Leonards School, St Leonard's Chapel is much smaller and more intimate setting than St Salvator's Chapel. It seats approximately 60 people, and as it is built in a traditional mediaeval style, pews face each other in collegiate style. Visitors should note that there is one small step into the Chapel. 

St Leonard's Chapel is only open by arrangement, but visitors are welcome to attend the following services and meetings.

Find out about the history of St Leonard's Chapel

Compline by candlelight

Thursdays at 10pm.

A candlelit service of music and prayers with St Leonard's Chapel Choir.

Orthodox services

Orthodox services take place in St Leonard’s Chapel in Greek and English. Details of when the next Orthodox Liturgies will take place can be found at Orthodox Liturgies.

St Leonard's Prayer

Tuesdays and Fridays at 5.15pm

Led by postgraduates, a 15-minute service of evening prayer and scripture.

St Mary's College Eucharist

Tuesday’s during Term, 1pm in St Leonard's Chapel

Evening Prayers at 4pm in St Mary’s College Bunk Room.