The Season of St Frideswide

Frideswide is Patron Saint of Oxford and of this Cathedral, and at this time of year we celebrate her life and the life of the communities she represents. At Christ Church we are lucky to exist at the intersection of University, College, and Diocese, and occupy a central position in the vibrant city of Oxford.

During this season of Frideswidetide we welcome representatives from across the Diocese and City:

  • at the Court Sermon, which marks the beginning of the legal year, we welcome Magistrates, Solicitors, representatives of Local Government, the Police, the Military, and many others from across Oxfordshire;
  • at the St Frideswide Civic Service on Tuesday 16 October we will see a gathering of Oxfordshire Schools, representatives of Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University, the Lord Mayor, the Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff, the Bishop of Dorchester and others;
  • at the Patronal Eucharist on Thursday 18 October our Cathedral Choir will be joined by Frideswide Voices, and members of the newly formed Community of St Frideswide will join us in celebrations;
  • on Friday 19 October we will celebrate the life of St Frideswide with our Cathedral community at a service of Festal Evensong.

These special services in the life of Oxford and Oxford's Cathedral - all at 6pm - are open to everyone.

For those who are unable to attend, or who would like the opportunity to listen again, recordings of the Court Sermon, the addresses from the Civic Service and the sermon from the Patronal Eucharist will be available below.


9 October 2018 The Court Sermon

in the presence of the Honourable Mrs Justice McGowan. Sermon given by the Rt Revd Stephen Platten, former Bishop of Wakefield and Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of London. [click for text transcript]

16 October 2018 St Frideswide Civic Service

A Celebration of European Friendship, addresses given by Professor Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies at the University, and the Rt Hon the Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University. [click for text transcript]


18 October 2018 St Frideswide Patronal Eucharist

Sermon given by the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford. [click for text transcript]