Monthly Archives: March 2013

Sermon – Easter Day – John 20:1-18 (31/3/13)

There’s a wonderful story about King Edward VIII, which I’m not sure is true, but I suspect it might be. When he was Prince of Wales he was staying with some friends in Nottinghanshire, and they took him to look … Continue reading

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Sermon – Easter Vigil (30/3/13)

Titles, like the rules of etiquette, are designed to facilitate social intercourse and not to hinder it. People often ask how they should address me – Rector, Reverend, Minister, Pastor, Father, Sir, Your Reverence – I get them all, and … Continue reading

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Sermon – Good Friday (29/3/13)

It all happened so quickly. He was arrested in the early hours of the morning. Eight hours later he was on the cross. In the space of six hours he was interrogated five times by four different authorities. He was … Continue reading

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Sermon – Maundy Thursday (28/3/13)

When I was in primary school we had PE and games several times every week. Usually there was football one day, and basketball another day. Every time we would troop out to the playground, and the two biggest, fastest, fittest, … Continue reading

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Sermon – Palm Sunday (24/3/13)

A Sermon from Canon Mark Oakley, St Paul’s Cathedral London Palm Sunday recalls a spring day around the year 30ad when two processions entered Jerusalem at the beginning of the week of Passover, the most sacred week of the Jewish … Continue reading

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Sermon – John 12:1-8 – Lent 5 (17/3/13)

Dinner parties should be fun – good friends getting together, sharing a meal, spending time relaxing with each other. Often in plays, novels, television programmes, films, they are occasions of tension, occasions where the scene becomes tense and fraught as … Continue reading

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Sermon – Luke 15 (The Prodigal Son) – RTE TV Broadcast

Rembrant’s famous painting of the prodigal son is almost as well-known as the story itself. Phrases from the story, such as the “fatted calf”, have become almost proverbial. We know the story so well, but does familiarity blind us to … Continue reading

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Sermon – The Sacraments

What is a sacrament? Basic etymology might suggest a sacred thing, a holy thing, which isn’t a bad guess at all. The catechism defines a sacrament as “an outward and visible sign of an inward an spiritual grace”, again a … Continue reading

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