Sermons - Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and Candlemas 2019-2020

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. 

Please click on any of the dates or names below to read sermons preached during the period of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany 2019-2020.

 

soundcloud icon 9 February 2020 - Choral Eucharist - The Very Revd Robert Grimley, Honorary Cathedral Chaplain [transcript]

You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. The Very Revd Robert Grimley reflects on the light of Christ.

soundcloud icon 9 February 2020 - Choral Matins - The Diocesan Canon Precentor [transcript]

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

 

soundcloud icon 2 February 2020 - Candlemas Carols - The Dean [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 Eucharist - The Bishop of Dorcester [transcript]

Why could Simeon and Anna see what others didn't? The Bishop of Dorcester considers anew the presentation of Christ in the temple.

soundcloud icon 2 February 2020 - Choral Matins - The Dean [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 - The Dean [transcript]

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

26 January 2020 - Choral Eucharist - The Diocesan Canon Precentor [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 26 January 2020 - Choral Matins - The Sub Dean [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 - The Sub Dean [transcript]

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

soundcloud icon 19 January 2020 - Choral Matins - Canon Ward [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.

 

soundcloud icon 12 January 2020 - Choral Eucharist - The College Chaplain [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 5 January 2020 - Choral Eucharist - The Succentor [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 5 January 2020 - Said Matins with Hymns - Canon Harrison [transcript]

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

 

soundcloud icon 29 December 2019 - Choral Eucharist - The Sub Dean [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 29 December 2019 - Said Matins with Hymns - Canon Biggar [transcript]

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

 

soundcloud icon 25 December 2019 - Choral Eucharist - The Dean [transcript]

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

soundcloud icon 25 December 2019 - Choral Matins - The Bishop of Oxford [transcript]

'A lullaby for the world' The Bishop of Oxford reminds us that Jesus is God’s own lullaby.

24 December 2019 - Midnight Eucharist - Canon Ward [transcript]

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

 

soundcloud icon 22 December 2019 - Choral Eucharist - The Succentor [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 22 December 2019 - Choral Matins - Canon Foot [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 15 December 2019 - Choral Eucharist - The College Chaplain [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 15 December 2019 - Choral Matins - Canon Ward [transcript]

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

 

soundcloud icon 8 December 2019 - Choral Eucharist - The Sub Dean [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 8 December 2019 - Choral Matins - The Archdeacon [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.​

 

 

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So then, let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. The Revd Canon Dr Victoria Johnson preaches the University Sermon.

 

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Where are we going? To the coming day. The Revd Dr Michael Lloyd preaches on the First Sunday of Advent.