Epiphany 2

Sermon preached by the Reverend Rachel Blanchflower Some years ago, in my pre-children ballroom-dancing days, I was at a Ball… As I was waltzing, I noticed someone familiar whom I thought I had not seen in many months.  In the same moment I saw her, she saw me and...

Christmas 1

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews After all the frenzied preparations of December, it’s over. The presents have been unwrapped; the leftovers are dwindling in the fridge; we are almost glad it’s now possible to eat something other than Christmas cake for every meal. The only chocolates left...

Christmas Day

Sermon preached by Dr Alistair Collen, LLM Several weeks ago I overheard someone remark that every year, his mother would say of Christmas: “Don’t worry, dear, I’m sure we’ll all manage to get through it.” Initially, I heard this as an ironic comment aimed at the despair we can...

Midnight Mass

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews This year’s Vatican nativity scene has caused something of a stir. Alongside the traditional, expected figures of the holy family, the angel and the shepherds is a host of other characters. Italian nativity scenes, or presepi, are often elaborate, situating the holy...

Advent 4

Sermon preached by the Rev. Dr. Zachary Guiliano 2 Sam. 7.1-11, 16; Rom. 16.25-27; Luke 1.26-38 Nova! Nova! Ave fit ex Eva. These Latin words open a famous 15th-century carol setting of our Gospel reading today. It’s often been set to music in the past 100 years, but it...

Advent 3

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews I have a habit – a not entirely good habit – when people come round or come to stay, of tidying up in such a way that I give the impression that my house is always in a pristine state; that sheets...

Advent 2

Sermon preached by the Reverend Canon Richard Ames-Lewis The season of Advent is many things. It’s preparation, it’s expectation, it’s waiting, it’s longing. For example, my six year-old grandson Daniel is both prepared and expectant. He has had his letter to Father Christmas written and ready since at least...

Advent Sunday

Sermon preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews When I was little I was afraid of the dark. The fear could be somewhat allayed by checking under the bed before I got in it, and by leaving the door open so that the reassuring light from the landing could get...

Christ the King

Sermon for the baptism of Thomas, preached by the Reverend Anna Matthews We have arrived at the climax of the liturgical year. From the expectancy of Advent which looked for the coming of the promised Saviour, through the birth of a baby in Bethlehem, royal David’s city, to whom...