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 25 December 2019 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

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

soundcloud icon 17 November 2019 - Choral Eucharist

The light of the world is to come. The Dean looks ahead to the coming Advent and Christmas seasons.

soundcloud icon 27 October 2019 - Said Matins with Hymns

'Hell is full of good wishes and desires that have taken the wrong turn.' The Dean considers afresh how we might perceive the pharisees.

soundcloud icon 1 September 2019 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

Hold fast to God and to one another, and God will keep you. The Dean reflects on the Christian calling to humility.

soundcloud icon 1 September 2019 - Said Matins with Hymns [transcript]

'Nineveh and Laodicea' The Dean considers anew two ancient cities which were called to repentance.


The Revd Canon Edmund Newey, The Sub Dean

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.

soundcloud icon 8 December 2019 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

‘I baptize you with water for repentance; but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me…’ The Sub Dean reflects on the sacrament of baptism.

soundcloud icon 10 November 2019 - Choral Matins [transcript]

Worship, like prayer, is an essentially pointless activity. The Sub Dean challenges us to re-think worship and prayer.

20 October 2019 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

The encounter between us and God, between created beings and the one who made us, while it will always exceed our ability to articulate or comprehend it, is also utterly real. The Sub Dean considers anew the widow’s encounter with the unjust judge and Jacob’s encounter with the angel of the Lord.

soundcloud icon 15 September 2019 - Choral Matins [transcript]

‘A great portent appeared in heaven’ The Sub Dean reminds us of the call to look upward.


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

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.

13 October 2019 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

‘On Taking Seriously the Faith of Feet’ Canon Biggar considers afresh the lesson of the Samaritan leper.

soundcloud icon 8 September 2019 - Said Matins with Hymns [transcript]

'Christianity and Human Rights' Canon Biggar reflects on our public duty as Christian citizens to offer a moral vision that is larger and more complex than simple rights-talk.

soundcloud icon 11 August 2019 - Choral Matins [transcript]

‘Faithful Worldliness’ Canon Biggar considers anew the tension between the goodness of the world and our enjoyment of it and the imperfection of the world and our longing for its transformation.


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

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.

soundcloud icon 22 September 2019 - Choral Matins [transcript]

Have you heard the song of creation? Canon Ward reflects on the song of the redeemed.

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

'The Church and Its Ancestors' Canon Ward encourages us to rethink what it means to be 'surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses'.


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 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.

10 March 2019 - Choral Matins

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


The Revd Canon Grant Bayliss, Diocesan Canon Precentor

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.

soundcloud icon 14 July 2019 - Choral Eucharist [transcript]

'The Good Samaritan' The Diocesan Canon Precentor considers afresh one of the most well-known stories Jesus ever told.

16 June 2019 - Choral Matins

Let us make the Trinity the start of prayers, the ground of our hopes, and the model of our love. The Diocesan Canon Precentor reflects that the Trinity isn’t a maths problem to be solved but the relationships at the heart of divine life that draw us in.

12 May 2019 - Choral Eucharist 

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.


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.


Janet Proudman, Cathedral Licensed Lay Minister

28 January 2018 - Choral Eucharist


Selected sermons by guest preachers:

2 December 2018 - Choral Matins with University Sermon - The Rt Revd Guli Francis-Dehqani, The Bishop of Loughborough

In advent we are encouraged to see waiting as something positive and alive with possibility. In this term's University Sermon, The Bishop of Loughborough calls us to embrace the waiting of the Advent season and rejoice in the present moment.

30 September 2018 - 'Cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic' - Choral Eucharist - The Bishop of Oxford

Teach us to be content with just enough. For that is the only way to joy. The Bishop of Oxford challenges us find contentment in our daily bread, the bread of life, Christ Himself.

30 June 2018 - Ordinations - The Rt Revd Dr Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester

Being a priest or a bishop are both wonderful callings but neither are the pinnacle.  If we are following the pattern that Christ laid out for us, being a servant is the highest calling of all. Bishop Colin encourages the newly-ordained deacons to remember our central aim of becoming a more Christ-like Church.

30 June 2018 - Ordinations - The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham

The acid test of a healthy church is not numbers, nor whether people enjoy church, nor yet how good and holy churchgoers feel. How is power used among us? Bishop Alan reflects on the servant ministry that Christ models for us, encouraging the newly-ordained deacons to 'beware the leaven of the Pharisees'.

20 May 2018 - Choral Matins with University Sermon - The Bishop of Ripon

Our lives are far more about navigating our way through mist than they are about enjoying the views from the top of the mountain. This Pentecost, Bishop Helen-Ann invites us to consider afresh not just who we are, but whose we are.