Sermons - Lent & Easter 2019

During this season of Lent, Holy Week and Easter, in common with our fellow Christians across the globe, we will be marking the life-changing events of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. See our What's On guide for details about upcoming events.

Please click on any of the dates or names below to read sermons preached during the period of Lent & Easter 2019.


9 June 2019 - Choral Eucharist - The Succentor

The Spirit moves through liturgy – every liturgy – to meet us and heal us, give us a glimpse of God’s glory and send us to serve him in the world. By exploring the liturgy of Pentecost, the Succentor invites us to burn with the fire of the Spirit and set the world alight with love.

9 June 2019 - Choral Matins with University Sermon - The Ven. Peter Rouch, Archdeacon of Bournemouth

The difference between Babel and Pentecost is between receiving language as a gift and then using it to possess and assert myself, or using it as something that enables me to give myself away to others and for others. The Ven. Peter Rouch explores the difference between Babel and Pentecost.

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2 June 2019 - Choral Eucharist - The Revd Mark Speeks CF, Honorary Cathedral Chaplain

We have all been given this extraordinary glory which brings both an indwelling of God in us, but also complete union with God. The Revd Mark Speeks CF considers afresh Jesus' priestly prayer in the Upper Room.

2 June 2019 - Choral Matins - Canon Harrison

Having descended to take human flesh, to live, to suffer and to die for us, Christ is now carried up into heaven, taking our human nature with him, so that we might participate in his divine, eternal and unchanging life. Canon Harrison considers anew the Ascension of Christ.


30 May 2019 - Festal Eucharist with Incense - The Succentor

The Succentor encourages us to join in the worship of the disciples and to be sent out in the power of the Spirit.


26 May 2019 - Choral Eucharist - The Succentor

In an imaginative retelling of the story of Lydia in the reading from Acts 16, the Succentor invites us to find the refreshing grace of God flowing as the river of living water. 

26 May 2019 - Choral Matins - The Sub Dean

'And it was so.' The Sub Dean reflects on the allure of this phrase from Genesis chapter 1 and the call forward to Christian hope.


23 May 2019 - House Communion - The Revd Fergus Butler-Gallie, Assistant Curate at Liverpool Parish Church

The call of wisdom and the call of love are one and the same, and of the same source. Revd Fergus Butler-Gallie, Assistant Curate at Liverpool Parish Church, reflects on the nature of wisdom.


19 May 2019 - Choral Eucharist - The Very Revd Robert Grimley, Honorary Cathedral Chaplain

Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord! The Very Revd Robert Grimley reflects on the responsibilities that we must accept as members of the household that is the created order.


12 May 2019 - Choral Eucharist - The Diocesan Canon Precentor

The hope of resurrection needs to be written deeply in us: in our words and in our deeds, in our lives and in our relationships.The Diocesan Canon Precentor encourages us to claim Christ’s triumph over death as our own while bringing that resurrection to others.

12 May 2019 - Choral Matins - Canon Ward

The gospel teaches us is that the positive never avoids difficulty; it arises when difficulty is faced and even endured. Canon Ward reflects on the complexity of miracles.


5 May 2019 - Choral Eucharist - The Sub Dean

Filled by the Spirit, Jesus calls us too to follow him in the way, privileged to call him both our brother and our God. The Sub Dean encourages us to follow Christ as we reflect on the restoration of Peter and the conversion of Paul.

5 May 2019 - Choral Matins - Canon Biggar

“All we like sheep have gone astray,” Isaiah wrote, “each of us has turned to our own way”. Canon Biggar considers afresh our sheep-like tendencies and the love of the Good Shepherd.


28 April 2109 - Choral Eucharist - The Archdeacon

Faith and doubt are intertwined, and need to be if we are to be open to truth, to new insights into a God who is always bigger than our hearts and minds can hold. The Archdeacon considers afresh the story of Doubting Thomas.

28 April 2019 - Choral Matins - Canon Harrison

Joy and woe are woven fine because in His death and resurrection he holds them together in Himself. Canon Harrison reflects on our Easter Alleluia rising 'de profundis' - out of the depths.


21 April 2019 - Choral Eucharist - The Bishop of Oxford

We cannot understand the real meaning of Easter day unless we understand who is crucified and risen. As we gather for Easter Sunday, Bishop Steven Croft reflects on the king who wore the crown of thorns.

21 April 2019 - Choral Matins - The Archdeacon

Holy Week and Easter bring together death and life, pain and joy, despair and hope. The Archdeacon reminds us what it means to be God's Easter people as we celebrate Jesus alive amongst us.


14 April 2019 - Choral Matins - Canon Ward

Being formed in God is also coming to terms with our own dark violences. That is the road to ripening. Canon Ward challenges us to reconsider living in God as we stand on the cusp of a descent into Holy Week.


7 April 2019 - Choral Eucharist - The Revd Canon David C Knight, Honoary Cathedral Chaplain

Where am I going? I don't quite know. David Knight challenges us on the beginning of Passiontide to remember the goal of all humanity - God himself.

7 April 2019 - Said Matins with Hymns - The Diocesan Canon Precentor

Be strong, fear not! The Diocesan Canon Precentor asks us to consider afresh where we stand and who we stand with during this Lenten journey.


31 March 2019 - Choral Eucharist - Canon Foot

We are both the son who was lost but is found, and also the son who never strayed but had lost himself by forgetting how great is our Father’s love. Canon Foot considers afresh the Parable of the Lost Son on Mothering Sunday.

31 March 2019 - Choral Matins - The Archdeacon

Life’s not fair – but God is good! The Archdeacon reflects on the story of Joseph and his dysfunctional family.


24 March 2019 - Choral Eucharist - The Sub Dean

Because we are Christians, we know that we are every bit as bad as other people, and therefore we pray that God in Christ can – and will – have mercy upon us. The Sub Dean explores the meaning of the parable of the barren fig tree.

24 March 2019 - Choral Matins - The College Chaplain

Belonging is the innate human desire to be part of something larger than us. The College Chaplain reflects on the truth that we belong to no place, but we do belong to someone. 


17 March 2019 - Choral Eucharist - Ecumenical Canon Robin Gibbons

St Patrick would have woven the two metaphors together: the redeemed Fox, persistent, faithful, doggedly carrying on, and the Mother Hen, reaching out to all as Christ does, irrespective of who we are. Ecumenical Canon Gibbons explores the metaphors of Fox and Hen to share a particular vision of Christ's salvation on St Patrick's Day.

17 March 2019 - Choral Matins - The Diocesan Canon Precentor

“See, Lord, I can no longer keep silent before the ocean of your grace. I no longer have any idea how to express the gratitude that I owe to you.” The Diocesan Canon Precentor reflects on the message of St Isaac the mystic as we continue our Lenten journey to the Cross.


10 March 2019 - Choral Eucharist - The Succentor

In whatever way you can, may you commit yourself to the study of Scripture and in so doing, may you see more of God, who reveals himself through the word. The Succentor challenges us to enter Lent with a fresh heart to seek God as he is revealed in Scripture.

10 March 2019 - Choral Matins - Canon Harrison

Is life meant to be a continual turning; one continual Lent? Canon Harrison explores the theme of the gravity of grace.


3 March 2019 - Choral Eucharist - The Succentor

Sometimes the vision of God’s glory does come as sheer gift. And sometimes – often, most of the time; it comes through our hard work. The Succentor reflects on the juxtaposition of the Transfiguration and the beginning of Lent and how this resonates in our own lives.

3 March 2019 - Choral Matins - Canon Foot

It matters that we remember the figures of our common past who did extraordinary things for Christ, whose footsteps we struggle to follow. Canon Foot reflects on the life and deeds of St Chad, Bishop of Lichfield and Missionary, 672, who consistently testified to the love of God.


24 February 2019 - Choral Eucharist - Canon Ward

'So many, many thousand years beneath the dust did I in Chaos lie… from out of dust I rise and out of nothing awake.' Canon Ward considers afresh the goodness, beauty, and life-giving hope that genuine creativity brings.

24 February 2019 - Choral Matins - The Succentor

What is the purpose of creation? The Succentor encourages us to keep our eyes open for the glory of God, revealed in the wonders of creation and human creativity.


17 February 2019 - Choral Eucharist - The Diocesan Canon Precentor

Disturb us, Lord. The Diocesan Canon Precentor challenges us to pray that the hardnesses of our hearts and lives be melted and softened by the message of the Gospel.

17 February 2019 - Choral Matins - The Sub Dean

Only in response to God’s infinite compassion may we hope to see and hear clearly and speak and live in righteousness. The Sub Dean explores three themes from this morning's readings: the names of God, the nature of service, and compassion.


10 February 2019 - Choral Eucharist - Canon Foot

Jesus called the apostles to save living souls from the death of sin, and to free them for life in his kingdom, so that they might share in the good news of the gospel in all its fullness. Canon Foot considers how the story of the calling of the first disciples can speak directly to us.

10 February 2019 - Choral Matins - The Archdeacon

'I waited patiently for the Lord.' The Archdeacon explores Psalm 40 as it moves from patient longing, lament and sadness, to joy.


3 February 2019 - Choral Eucharist - The Sub Dean

‘I looked, and lo! the glory of the LORD filled the temple of the LORD; and I fell upon my face’. The Sub Dean considers afresh the act of falling on one's face and the lessons to be learned by it.

3 February 2019 - Choral Matins - Canon Ward

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” In light of Holocaust Memorial Day and the week of remembrance that followed, Canon Ward reminds us that the good we are called upon to do is sometimes necessarily audacious.