Sermons - Advent, Christmas and Epiphany 2018/19

Advent is the season most full of promise as we look forward to celebrating the coming of Christ at Christmas, and to the promise of his return. Throughout the coming seasons we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our saviour, and recall the signs of his kingship in his early life: the star above the stable on Christmas night, the visit of the Magi at Epiphany, and Simeon's prophecy at the temple in Jerusalem at Candlemas. 
See our What's On guide for details about upcoming events during this period.

Please click on any of the dates or names below to read sermons preached during the period of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany 2018/19.


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.


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.


27 January 2019 - Choral Eucharist - The Archdeacon

In God there is never us and them, but only us, for all are one in him. The Archdeacon encourages us to overcome division on this Holocaust Memorial Day.

27 January 2019 - Choral Matins - Canon Harrison

Today I offer you the choice of life and good, or death and evil. Canon Harrison considers afresh the coming of God to make his home with us in this season of Christmas and Epiphany.


20 January 2019 - Choral Eucharist - Canon Ward

Blessings abound when everything is divinely fitting – wellbeing is nurtured and Christ worshipped. Canon Ward explores the theme of divine transformation, from creation to the miracle of changing water to wine.

20 January 2019 - Choral Matins - The Sub Dean

The beauty of holiness is perhaps glimpsed best of all when it catches us unawares. The Sub Dean reflects on perceiving beauty in such a way as to lead into an apprehension of the glory of God.


13 January 2019 - Choral Matins - The Diocesan Canon Precentor

Being baptized is not simply a matter of repentance and symbolic washing in water. The Diocesan Canon Precentor reflects on the significance of Christian baptism as we celebrate the Baptism of Christ.


6 January 2019 - Festal Eucharist with Incense - The Sub Dean

The wise men stand for all that is good in humanity: the desire to seek and find God’s presence in the world; the desire to offer themselves and their gifts in worship of God and service of others. The Sub Dean reflects on lessons learned from the magi during this Festal Eucharist of Epiphany.

6 January 2019 - Said Matins with Hymns - Canon Foot

On the feast of the Epiphany, the manifestation of the Christ-child to the Gentiles, Canon Foot reflects on the meaning of the epiphany for us who know Him by faith.​


30 December 2018 - Choral Eucharist - The Very Revd Robert Grimley

The Very Reverend Robert Grimley, Honorary Cathedral Chaplain, offers a reflection on the four saints’ days which follow Christmas Day – the feasts of  St Stephen, St John the Evangelist, the Holy Innocents and St Thomas Becket.

30 December 2018 - Choral Matins - Canon Ward

We are known by God, that we might know him. Canon Ward explores the question 'Who is God?'


23 December 2018 - Choral Eucharist - Canon Foot

'Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’ Canon Foot reflects on Mary's faith as we approach Christmas.

23 December 2018 - Said Matins with Hymns - Canon Harrison

Rather than simply telling his people who He is, God has now decided it is time to actually show us exactly what he means Himself. Canon Harrison reminds us of the importance and wonder of God Himself being born as a human.


16 December 2018 - Choral Eucharist - The Archdeacon

Homeward Bound: Advent to Christmas. The Archdeacon reflects on coming home to God's love and life.

16 December 2018 - Choral Matins - The Diocesan Canon Precentor

Judgement is the fullness of encounter with God, when we shall see him as he is, face to face and we shall know even as we are fully known. The Diocesan Canon Precentor explores the Advent theme of judgement.


9 December 2018 - Choral Eucharist - The Sub Dean

This song is sung out of overflowing joy – joy at the workings of God among humankind; joy that, in Christ, heaven and earth are reconciled. The Sub Dean invites us to take a closer look at Zechariah's song, the Benedictus.


2 December 2018 - Choral Eucharist - The College Chaplain

The College Chaplain invites us to enter this Advent season, reminding us that we can acknowledge the shadows but also have hope that the light has already come into the world. 

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.


25 November 2018 - Choral Eucharist - 'The Crucified King' - Canon Ward

Here’s the riddle: the king is also the crucified one, the sacrificed one, the one despised and rejected, the one born in humble, lowly conditions. Canon Ward reflects on the paradoxical nature of the Kingship of Christ.

25 November 2018 - Choral Matins - The Archdeacon

We are supposed to be stirred up today to good works, and to lives of faith and sacrifice. The Archdeacon encourages us on this day of Christ the King to prepare for the upcoming season of Advent, for the opportunity to welcome the coming of Jesus.