Term Dates 2022/23
Many of our regular services take place during term time only, and will indicate where this is the case. As our services are open to the general public – who won't necessarily know when term time is – this schedule has been provided as a reference.
Michaelmas/Autumn Term 2022
Monday 26th September 2022 - Friday 16th December 2022
Lent/Spring Term 2023
Monday 9th January 2023 - Friday 31st March 2023
Trinity/Summer Term 2023
Monday 1st May 2023 - Friday 16th June 2023
Please note that Monday 1st May 2023 is a Bank Holiday, so although term officially starts on that day there will be no teaching. Chapel events for that day are to be confirmed.
Michaelmas and the Feast of St Michael and All Angels
The Autumn academic term is sometimes referred to in Christian circles, and still to this day in some universities by way of tradition, as the 'Michaelmas term'.
The origins of this name bring together ancient ecclesiastical and agricultural traditions, because it falls near the autumn equinox of the Northern Hemisphere, when the hours of daylight here are noticably shortening. As the daily hours of darkness grow longer, in the Christian story we are reminded of the triumph of good over evil, through the most dramatic of scenes when Michael the Archangel triumphs over Lucifer.
The Feast of St Michael and All Angels on September 29th commemorates the biblical account found in Revelation 12,
'And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.'
Some thoughts about Michaelmas for Wednesday 29th September 2021 by the Lazenby Chaplain, the Rev'd Hannah Alderson: