Trinity 5

Sermon preached by Dr Philip Murray, ordinand This last week I’ve been on retreat at a Benedictine monastery just outside Worcester. Going on retreat is, I know, good for me, and I’m grateful to have the time and money to get away with some regularity. But I must confess to always feeling quite tense about […]

St Benedict’s Day

Sermon preached by the Revd Dr Zachary Guiliano You may have heard it said that one of the most common commandments in the Bible is Fear not. Consider, for example, the Annunciation. When the Virgin Mary meets the Archangel Gabriel, he first says, Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, but, after our […]

Easter 3

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews No one knows exactly where Emmaus is. There are a limited number of places it could be: draw a circle with Jerusalem at its centre and a 7 mile radius, and those are your options. It was, possibly, a village where a garrison was stationed. But its exact […]

Lent 5

Sermon preached by Emily Kempson In the Eastern Himalayas, the nard-plant grows. If you crush its roots and distil the sap, it creates a thick amber oil, called nard. It has a strong, raw, earthy smell. And like perfume, a little goes a long way; a few drops release a cloud of woody, smoky, sweet […]