Sermons

Below you can find transcripts of sermons our clergy and guest preachers have given at recent Abbey services. They deal with current theological issues, religion and world events, and the interpretation of biblical texts.

Where possible, we provide an audio recording of the sermon, which you can download as a podcast. You can also subscribe to our podcast to receive our latest sermons and lectures.

Sermon at the Sung Eucharist on Ascension Day 2021

We are made for freedom—made to soar—made to share the unlimited life of heaven.

The Reverend Mark Birch Minor Canon and Precentor

Thursday, 13th May 2021

Florence Nightingale Service 2021 Sermon

Over the last year nurses, midwives and health visitors across the world have been a sign of hope. You have rolled up your sleeves and given of yourselves more than either we or you would have imagined, and we are profoundly thankful.

The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Sarah Mullally DBE
Bishop of London

Wednesday, 12th May 2021

Sermon at the Installation of Tricia Hillas as Canon of Westminster - Revelation 3:14

The Factory Act and The Slavery Abolition Act. A year of change and urgent reforming opinion - firm jaws, glittering eyes.

Sunday, 9th May 2021

Sermon at a Service of Morning Prayer in Thanksgiving for the Life of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

We make our remembrance in Westminster Abbey. The Abbey was formative for His Royal Highness.

The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle Dean of Westminster

Sunday, 11th April 2021

Sermon at the Sung Eucharist on the Second Sunday of Easter

Eight years ago in a parish in Winchester, after the Easter Vigil, I was greeting folk at the Church door.

The Reverend Mark Birch Minor Canon and Precentor

Sunday, 11th April 2021

Sermon at the Sung Eucharist on Easter Day

Easter morning. John’s Gospel. Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Mag-dalene came to the tomb.

The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle Dean of Westminster

Sunday, 4th April 2021