Holy Trinity Church

Anglican worship in Geneva

On this page you will find a collection of past sermons by Canon Alex and others from Holy Trinity Church in Geneva, Switzerland.

Persevering in prayer

HOMILY at the 9h MASS for the SIXTH SUNDAY after TRINITY (C) 2019 In the year 38 AD the Jewish Philosopher Philo of Alexandria travelled from his home in Egypt to Rome, at the head of a diplomatic delegation to the Emperor Gaius Caligula.  He relates an account of this mission in his book, Embassy to Gaius, and for all that it…

Food and drink for the journey

HOMILY at EVENSONG for the SIXTH SUNDAY after TRINITY (C) 2019 Over the last few Sunday evenings, we have heard about Jacob, or Israel as he was renamed.  We have heard about his somewhat dubious character, true to the name heel, cheat, over-reacher or supplanter, all of which his original name conveyed.  But now, maybe we might be tempted to say, the…

True Riches

HOMILY at the 9h and 10h30 MASSES for the SEVENTH SUNDAY after TRINITY (C) 2019 Can prayer ever be controversial?  Well, yes, of course it can. This very week just past, a couple who say their children are being religiously indoctrinated during Christian school assemblies are to launch a high court challenge in the UK.  Lee and Lizanne Harris will say in…

Petrine – Pauline – Johannine

HOMILY at the 9h and 10h30 MASSES for the SOLEMNITY of SS PETER and PAUL (C) 2019 I’m glad now that our Church encourages us once more to keep today’s feast as the feast of both of the apostles – Peter and Paul – rather than as was for so long just Peter.  And I am glad for several reasons – to…

Superabundant feeding

HOMILY at CHORAL EVENSONG for the SOLEMNITY of CORPUS et SANGUIS CHRISTI (C) 2019 The anthem we have just heard, from the composer Joseph Rheinberger, relates the words of the two disciples from the Emmaus story in Luke’s Gospel where, on arriving at the inn, they ask the Lord, whom they have not yet recognised, to stay with us for it is…

Sacred Spaces

HOMILY at the 10h30 SUNG MASS for the SOLEMNITY of CORPUS et SANGUIS CHRISTI (C) 2019 Archbishop William Temple, one of the great 20th century Anglican theologians, is much quoted as saying that Christianity is the most avowedly materialistic of all the great religions.  Christ is the  Incarnate God living as a perfect human being.  His continuing life made present through the…

Vision

HOMILY at CHORAL MATTINS for the FEAST of the MOST HOLY TRINITY (C) 2019 We have heard words from the prophet Isaiah in this Office of Morning Prayer twice over.  First of all in the reading and then in the anthem that we have just sung, a piece by the Victorian composer, John Stainer.  He wrote it, incidentally, whilst organist at the…

Divine photography?

HOMILY at the 10h30 SUNG MASS for the SOLEMNITY of the MOST HOLY TRINITY (C) 2019 One thing that I really enjoy – when I have the time – is photography.  I suppose that it comes from being absolutely useless at drawing.  But photography has changed so much during my lifetime – when I first took photographs, I would then have to…

The last days

HOMILY at the 9h and 10h30 MASSES for the SOLEMNITY of PENTECOST (C) 2019 This week has seen poignant commemorations of D Day – seventy five years ago on Thursday last – attended by a number of world leaders including President Trump.  Rightly, much was said about the heroism and the sacrifices that were made.  But rhetoric on these occasions is not…

Lent 2019 Homilies

This year during Lent I have tried as we have progressed through the Sunday lectionary for year C to look at some ways in which we may discover the transfiguring presence of God in cloudy areas of our lives, picking up, of course, on the Gospel for the Sunday before Lent which is the story of Christ’s Transfiguration. I hope that you…