Virtual Chapel

Welcome to our Virtual Chapel

During this time of uncertainty, we are continuing to host a space for prayer and contemplation on this page.

The Claire Chapel is now open for private prayer, but our collective worship remains online.

If you would like, you can leave a prayer request below and also have a candle lit on your behalf. Some of our chaplains will also be leading virtual worship services, and we will be posting details of these on our social media. Please see our Facebook feed below.

You can still contact us by using the form on the Contact Us page or by:
– Emailing chaplaincy@leeds.ac.uk
– Leaving a voicemail on 0113 343 5071
– Phoning the out-of-hours chaplain on 07780 613 862
– Attending our virtual drop-in sessions. Please see the Chaplaincy-run Worship and Activities page for details.

Up-to-date details of Chaplaincy support and activities will be posted on this website and on our social media channels:
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Worship and weekly readings

Virtual Chapel at Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Virtual Chapel at Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Revised Common Lectionary Gospel for 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time in Year B
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
1 Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, 2 they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3 (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; 4 and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) 5 So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6 He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,
‘This people honours me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
7 in vain do they worship me,
teaching human precepts as doctrines.’
8 You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”

14 Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15 there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”

21 For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, 22 adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
Virtual Chapel at Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Virtual Chapel at Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
A mid-week reflection written by Samantha
Virtual Chapel at Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Virtual Chapel at Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Revised Common Lectionary Gospel for 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time in Year B
John 6:56-69
56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” 59 He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.
60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” 61 But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. 65 And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.” 66 Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. 67 So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
Virtual Chapel at Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Virtual Chapel at Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Revised Common Lectionary Gospel for 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time in Year B
John 6:51-58
51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” 52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55 for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”
Virtual Chapel at Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Virtual Chapel at Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
This weeks prayers and reflection are prepared by Samantha focusing on the Gospel of John chapter 6 verse 35 and 41-51
Virtual Chapel at Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Virtual Chapel at Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds
Revised Common Lectionary Gospel for 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time in Year B
John 6:35, 41-51
35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

41 Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
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All prayers will be prayed for regularly by our chaplains and student outreach workers. A candle for each prayer will be lit by either Father Marc at the Catholic Chaplaincy or outreach worker Joseph at St Luke’s Lutheran Church.

If you would like the prayer to remain private, you may say ‘Private prayer’.