Sermons by preacher

Listed below are the most recent sermons preached by our residential clergy. Please click on any date for a text transcript.


The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, The Dean

soundcloud icon 16 February 2020 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

God creates darkness, not just light. It is all the same to God. The Dean encourages us to remember that what looks like failure to the world is merely an opportunity for God.

soundcloud icon 2 February 2020 - Candlemas Carols [transcript]

Anna Chaplaincy is a profound, prescient and prophetic sign for our age. The Dean preaches a special sermon for the Candlemas Carols service, celebrating the work of the Anna Chaplaincy network and marking their tenth anniversary. We apologise that the audio recording is missing the first two sentences of the sermon; please do see the transcript for the full introduction.

soundcloud icon 2 February 2020 - Choral Matins [transcript]

We are pilgrims in an uncertain world, and dedicating and consecrating ourselves to God’s purpose is part of what keeps the light of Christ burning for others. The Dean reflects on the theme of consecration.

soundcloud icon 26 January 2020 - Choral Evensong [transcript]

The Dean preaches a special sermon at Choral Evensong to commemorate the centenary of the death of Sir William Osler.

soundcloud icon 25 December 2019 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

'The Accomodation of God' The Dean reminds us that Christmas is the season of accommodation.


The Revd Canon Edmund Newey, The Sub Dean

15 March 2020 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

Even in the most apparently arid of places, look below the surface for the water that may already be there. The Sub Dean reflects on the living water that re-connects with our source and origin in God.

soundcloud icon 1 March 2020 - Choral Matins [transcript]

Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. The Sub Dean reminds us that prayer begins with the mercy of God in Christ.

soundcloud icon 26 January 2020 - Choral Matins [transcript]

‘We declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.’ The Sub Dean considers anew our fellowship with God.

soundcloud icon 19 January 2020 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

What do you seek and where are you staying? The Sub Dean reflects on Christ's questions to the disciples.

soundcloud icon 29 December 2019 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

‘What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him for ever.’ The Sub Dean considers afresh the God who is more inward than our most inward part and higher than the highest that is within us.


The Revd Canon Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology

15 March 2020 - Choral Matins [transcript]

‘The Lenten Gospel of Guilt and Repentance’ Canon Biggar ponders anew the importance of the practice of Lent.

soundcloud icon 8 March 2020 - Said Matins with Hymns [transcript]

'Freedom of Speech and the Duty to Temper it with Charity: the example of Lucius Carey, 2nd Viscount Falkland' Canon Biggar invites us to consider the life and example of Lucius Carey.

soundcloud icon 16 February 2020 - Choral Matins [transcript]

‘Faith and the Suffering of the Innocent’ Canon Biggar considers anew God's response to Job in his suffering.

soundcloud icon 29 December 2019 - Said Matins with Hymns [transcript]

“Behold, I make all things new." Canon Biggar explores the mystery of the divine possibility of revolutionary transformation.

soundcloud icon 3 November 2019 - Choral Matins [transcript]

‘In the Prison, the Free Man Praising’ Canon Biggar reflects on the suffering of Job.


The Revd Canon Sarah Foot, Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History

soundcloud icon 22 December 2019 - Choral Matins [transcript]

'He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David.' Canon Foot ponders anew the great mystery of the incarnation.

soundcloud icon 10 November 2019 - Requiem Eucharist [transcript]

‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.’ Canon Foot considers anew our role on Remembrance Sunday.

soundcloud icon 6 October 2019 - Choral Matins [transcript]

‘I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands.’ Canon Foot reflects on grief and loss in light of God's promise. Her sermon talks specifically about losses in early pregnancy and stillbirths.

soundcloud icon 25 August 2019 - Said Matins with Hymns [transcript]

We need to be more sensitive and attuned to the presence of God away from the Church. Canon Foot encourages us to remember that God will hear us and respond to our needs wherever we may be.

31 March 2019 - Choral Eucharist

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.


The Revd Canon Graham Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity

soundcloud icon 1 March 2020 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

'Paradise' Canon Ward explores the theme of a paradise lost on this first Sunday of Lent.

soundcloud icon 19 January 2020 - Choral Matins [transcript]

'We Are the Gift' Canon Ward considers afresh the calling of God upon our lives. Please note that this sermon reflects on the BBC documentary 'Exposed: The Church's Darkest Secret' and makes reference to abuse perpetrated upon adolescents, as well as to other distressing subjects.

24 December 2019 - Midnight Eucharist [transcript]

‘Christmas: the Deepest Magic’ Canon Ward preaches on the magic of the incarnation of God as we welcome Christmas.

soundcloud icon 15 December 2019 - Choral Matins [transcript]

'Redemption from Shame' Canon Ward reminds us, as Christmas comes, that the Lord our God is with us.

soundcloud icon 17 November 2019 - Choral Matins [transcript]

'The Anointed One' Canon Ward considers anew the appointment of King David.


The Venerable Martin Gorick, The Archdeacon of Oxford

soundcloud icon 8 December - Choral Matins [transcript]

What is God calling you to be and to do for him? Will you listen for that this Advent? The Venerable Martin Gorick preaches his final sermon as the Archdeacon of Oxford.​

soundcloud icon 3 November 2019 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

Where would we be without Luke’s gospel? The Archdeacon encourages us to look with fresh eyes on the story of Zacchaeus.

20 October 2019 - Choral Matins [transcript]

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. The Archdeacon considers anew the readings from the prophecy of Isaiah and the gospel of Luke.

soundcloud icon 29 September 2019 - Choral Matins [transcript]

God’s kingly rule in Jesus, the kingdom of God as it’s called, is eternal. The Archdeacon reflects on the reading from Acts 12.

soundcloud icon 21 July 2019 - Choral Matins [transcript]

Those who desire life and desire to see good days, let them keep their tongues from evil and their lips from speaking deceit; let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it. The Archdeacon challenges us to live through blessing not cursing; inspiring love, not stoking the fires of hate.


Canon Professor Carol Harrison, Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity

soundcloud icon 23 February 2020 - Said Matins with Hymns

Let light shine out of darkness. Canon Harrison considers afresh the light of God as revealed in Christ.

soundcloud icon 5 January 2020 - Said Matins with Hymns [transcript]

‘A Barbed Wire Nativity’ Canon Harrison considers afresh God’s providence, even amidst the worst of suffering.

soundcloud icon 4 August 2019 - Said Matins with Hymns [transcript]

'Love is known by Love' Canon Harrison reminds us, in light of the reading from the Song of Solomon, that the soul must love and long; remember, recall, until it becomes a partaker of the divine nature.

2 June 2019 - Choral Matins

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.

28 April 2019 - Choral Matins

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.


The Revd Canon Grant Bayliss, Diocesan Canon Precentor

soundcloud icon 23 February 2020 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

Jesus is simply revealed as what he always was, the Son of God, the Word made flesh, the glory of the only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. The Diocesan Canon Precentor considers afresh the transfiguration of Christ.

soundcloud icon 9 February 2020 - Choral Matins [transcript]

‘Te Deum Laudamus’ The Diocesan Canon Precentor reflects on one of the most well-known Christian hymns.

26 January 2020 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

'Glimpses of God' The Diocesan Canon Precentor encourages us to look for the God who always speaks, always encounters, who calls us daily to glimpse his grace. 

soundcloud icon 25 August 2019 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

‘Swimming against the Flow’ The Diocesan Canon Precentor considers anew our mission as Christians, not to condemn the world but to live holy lives within it. 

soundcloud icon 28 July 2019 - Said Matins with Hymns [transcript]

‘Faith and Englishness’ The Diocesan Canon Precentor explores the truth that neither the heights of intimacy and love, nor the depths of suffering should be alien to our faith and inner spiritual life.


The Revd Clare Hayns, College and Cathedral Chaplain

soundcloud icon 12 January 2020 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

Baptism means being with Jesus ‘in the depths'. The College Chaplain reflects on the significance of baptism as we celebrate the Baptism of Christ.

soundcloud icon 15 December 2019 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

What if we find our Advent has been far from ‘good’ and has been in fact rather disappointing and frustrating? The College Chaplain reminds us in this Advent season that the best is yet to come.

soundcloud icon 21 July 2019 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity. The College Chaplain explores the story of Mary and Martha.

soundcloud icon 30 June 2019 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

For freedom Christ has set us free…you were called to freedom brothers and sisters. The College Chaplain considers afresh both the cost and the joy found through freedom in Christ.

24 March 2019 - Choral Matins

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. 


The Revd Philippa White, Succentor, Assistant College Chaplain, and School Chaplain

soundcloud icon 5 January 2020 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

‘The work of Christmas begins…with Epiphany’ The Succentor encourages us to keep Christmas faithfully, to revel in the wonder, glory, and joy of God with us.

soundcloud icon 22 December 2019 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

What does Jesus’ humanity mean to him? He learnt that with Joseph, in the carpenter’s workshop.The Succentor invites us as we wait for these last few days, turning our focus to the beginning of the Christmas story, to remember Joseph.

soundcloud icon 6 October 2019 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

'O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you Violence! and you will not save?' The Succentor reflects on the words of Habakkuk.

soundcloud icon 18 August 2019 - Said Matins with Hymns [transcript]

What does it mean to understand the Scriptures? The Succentor encourages us to encounter the Bible as a friend, in whom we see Christ reflected and in whom God comes to encounter us. 

9 June 2019 - Choral Eucharist

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.