Epiphany 2

Sermon for the baptism of Robin, preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews In art and iconography, John the Baptist is often pictured pointing. Other saints get depicted with symbols of their life or death: Peter jangles keys; Paul wields a sword or a book; poor roasted Laurence carries his gridiron; Mary Magdalene proffers ointment. But […]

Baptism of Christ

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews Sometime last year I found myself in a queue for confessions at a church in central London. I can’t remember why I was there and not seeing my spiritual director – probably I’d messed up my diary. The queue was not short, and not moving terribly quickly. As […]

Midnight Mass

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews Most of us have a pretty good idea of how the nativity story goes. We know that it happens in Bethlehem because the Emperor Augustus had decreed that a census should take place. We know the cast: the innkeeper, the angels, the shepherds, and the animals – and […]

Stewardship

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews   On either side of the main door to St Bene’t’s hang two large boards. Over time, their varnish has darkened such that they are now very hard to read, and I imagine most of us pass under them without giving them a further glance. They have hung […]