Sermons - Lent & Easter 2018

During this season of Lent, Holy Week and Easter, in common with our fellow Christians across the globe, we will be marking the life-changing events of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. See our What's On guide for details about upcoming events.

Please click on any of the dates or names below to read sermons preached during the period of Lent & Easter 2018.


Beatitudes Sermon Series

Divine Epiphanies Sermon Series


29 April 2018 - Choral Eucharist - Canon Biggar

Sometimes it’s best to forego—to sacrifice—vindication. Best, lest the risk of letting sinful, destructive passion get the upper hand. Canon Biggar explores the self-sacrificial love by which we participate in the eternal, death-defying life of God.

29 April 2018 - Choral Matins - The Dean

Sometimes, God needs to convert the church, and can’t do it from within. So, God works from without. The Dean challenges our approach to mission in the run up to 'Thy Kingdom Come'.

29 April 2018 - College Communion - The Assistant College Chaplain

In our baptism we have been grafted into the true vine that has its origin in the Tree of Life. The Assistant College Chaplain reflects on the famous apse mosaic in the Basilica of San Clemente as we explore Jesus' claim: 'I am the true vine. Abide in me as I abide in you.'


22 April 2018 - Choral Eucharist - The Sub Dean

Knowing Christ to be the good shepherd, the true, the perfect shepherd, requires of us not just passive acquiescence but active love and service. This 'Good Shepherd' Sunday, the Sub Dean explores the challenge that underlies the familiar metaphor.

22 April 2018 - Choral Matins - Canon Ward

'Seeing God' Canon Ward reflects on the illimitable nature of the divine, reminding us that we can perceive God in anything and everything if we entrust ourselves, and our sensory perceptions, to God.


19 April 2018 - Choral Eucharist - Canon Foot

A true disciple of the cross will always acknowledge Jesus, will accept the cost of discipleship and will give preference to the gospel over the lures and attractions of worldly life. Canon Foot challenges learn from the example of Alphege, Bishop and Martyr.


15 April 2018 - Choral Eucharist - The Revd John Witheridge, Chaplain to the Queen and Honorary Cathedral Chaplain

Jesus gets too easily left behind at the ascension, as though his life and work are now history, over and done. John Witheridge takes us forward to consider the Spirit of Christ and the Holy Spirit after the Resurrection.

15 April 2018 - Said Matins with Hymns - Canon Foot

God is faithful; his promises endure for ever. Canon Foot explores the story of the Israelites and God's faithfulness through the lens of baptism.


8 April 2018 - Choral Eucharist - The Diocesan Canon Precentor

Jesus breathes on the disciples and, in that moment, Adam’s sin and its consequences are undone. The Diocesan Canon Precentor reflects on Christ's personal post-Resurrection appearances.

8 April 2018 - Said Matins with Hymns - Canon Biggar

‘How does God’s suffering save us?’ Canon Biggar explores Christ's self-sacrifice and the interplay of silence and compassion by which we are saved.


1 April 2018 - Choral Eucharist - The Bishop of Oxford

‘Resurrection’ Bishop Steven reminds us, on this Easter Day, what it means when we declare: "On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures."


29 March 2018 - Chrism Eucharist - The Bishop of Reading

‘Peeling off the skin’ Andrew Proud, Bishop of Reading, calls us to remember the importance of our baptismal vocation, at the Diocesan Service for the Blessing of Oils.


25 March 2018 - Choral Matins - The Archdeacon of Oxford

When people saw Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday, what did they see? The Archdeacon considers how, with Jesus, what we see is not always what we get.


18 March 2018 - Choral Eucharist - The Revd Mark Speeks, CF, Honorary Cathedral Chaplain

The antidote to the sorrows of death has already been given to us. The seed planted within us all is a seed like no other. Mark Speeks, Honorary Cathedral Chaplain, relflects on the miracle of germination in the Christian life.

18 March 2018 - Choral Matins - Canon Foot

As we prepare to walk to Calvary and witness the crucifixion, we will be assisted by the liturgical worship offered in this place to reflect upon our own sins and weaknesses, for which Christ suffered and died. Canon Foot explores 'acceptable liturgical worship' in the context of Passiontide.


11 March 2018 - Choral Matins - Canon Ward

'All the Light We Cannot See' Canon Ward explores what it means to follow the way of Christ by 'fumbling forward'.


4 March 2018 - Choral Matins - The Archdeacon of Oxford

His crime was speaking the message. The message he felt he was given by God. A message he felt compelled to give but that nobody wanted to hear. A reflection on prophets.


25 February 2018 - Choral Matins - The Sub Dean

Being yourself is an art; learning to be yourself is the work of a lifetime. The Sub Dean explores the relationship between self-denial and becoming our true selves.


11 February 2018 - Choral Eucharist - Canon Foot

As we prepare for the coming of Lent and so for Passiontide, let us open our hearts and minds to the possibility that we all might be granted glimpses of Christ’s glory in the world around us. Canon Foot reflects on the Transfiguration.


4 February 2018 - Choral Eucharist - The Archdeacon of Oxford

‘In the beginning was the Word.’ Not just any old word, not even a whole bunch of wonderful words, but ‘The Word.’ The one that matters. An exploration of God and Creation for a Christ-like Church.

4 February 2018 - Choral Matins - The Sub Dean

The fool is everywhere: that hard and ruthless disposition that leads us to behave as if we are our own selfsufficient gods. A reflection on 'the fool' and 'practical atheism'.