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 August 2020 - Matins Sermon [transcript]

Jonah 1, 2 Peter 3:14–end

Soundcloud icon 26 July 2020 - Matins Sermon [transcript]

Song of Solomon 2, 1 Peter 4:7–14

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.


Father Richard Peers, The Sub Dean

Soundcloud icon 27 September 2020 - Weekly Podcast [transcript]

Ephesians 3:13–end, Luke 7:11–17


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

Soundcloud icon 2 August 2020 - Matins Sermon [transcript]

Song of Solomon 5:2–end, 2 Peter 1:1–15

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.


The Revd Canon Sarah Foot, Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History

Soundcloud icon 23 August 2020 - Matins Sermon [transcript]

Psalm 115:1-12; Jonah 2; Revelation 1

Soundcloud icon 21 June 2020 - Matins Sermon [transcript]

Psalm 48; Deuteronomy 11:1-15; Acts 27:1-12

Soundcloud icon 10 May 2020 - Matins Sermon [transcript]

Ezekiel 27:1-12; John 5:19-29

Soundcloud icon 5 April 2020 - Matins Sermon [transcript]

Psalm 61; Zechariah 9:9–12; Luke 16:19-31

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.


The Revd Canon Graham Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity

Soundcloud icon 6 September 2020 - Matins Sermon [transcript]

Jonah 3:10–4:11, Revelation 8:1–5

Soundcloud icon 19 July 2020 - Matins Sermon [transcript]

Deuteronomy 30:1–10, 1 Peter 3:8–18

Soundcloud icon 24 May 2020 - Matins Sermon [transcript]

Isaiah 65:17–end; Revelation 21:1–8

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.


The Venerable Jonathan Chaffey, The Archdeacon of Oxford

Soundcloud icon 13 September 2020 - Matins Sermon [transcript]

Acts 20:17–end

Soundcloud icon 9 August 2020 - Matins Sermon [transcript]

1 Kings 19:9–18

Soundcloud icon 5 July 2020 - Matins Sermon [transcript]

Deuteronomy 24:10–22, Acts 28:1–16


Canon Professor Carol Harrison, Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity

Soundcloud icon 19 April 2020 - Matins Sermon [transcript]

Exodus 14:10–end; 15:20–21; Acts 2:14a, 22–32; John 20:19–end

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.

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.


The Revd Canon Grant Bayliss, Diocesan Canon Precentor

Soundcloud icon 12 July 2020 - Matins Sermon [transcript]

Romans 12:9–21

Soundcloud icon 31 May 2020 - Matins Sermon [transcript]

Romans 8:22–27

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. 


The Revd Clare Hayns, College and Cathedral Chaplain

Soundcloud icon 28 June 2020 - Matins Sermon [transcript]

Deuteronomy 15:1–11, Matthew 12:1–8

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.


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

Soundcloud icon 27 September 2020 - Eucharist Sermon [transcript]

Philippians 2:1–13, Matthew 21:23-32

Soundcloud icon 20 September 2020 - Weekly Podcast [transcript]

Acts 26:1, 9–25

Soundcloud icon 7 June 2020 - Matins Sermon [transcript]

Isaiah 6:1–8

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.