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.

God’s Mercy towards all people

HOMILY at the 9h and 10h30 MASSES for the TENTH SUNDAY after TRINITY (A) 2017 Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman had a well-known religious pilgrimage which, amongst other things, led him from affirming the Anglican Church to be part of the Catholic Church to ultimately denying that position and joining the Roman Church. Perhaps because of that, I notice with a certain…

Glory

HOMILY at the 9h and 10h30 MASSES for the SEVENTH SUNDAY after TRINITY (A) 2017 The way things work out this year for the next three Sundays is that we shall spend quite a lot of time thinking about Glory. Next Sunday is the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, and the Sunday following that is the one that we keep…

Binary or Quantum vision?

HOMILY at the 9h and 10h30 MASSES for the SIXTH SUNDAY after TRINITY (A) 2017 During the week just past, my thoughts for various reasons have turned to the area of computing. I guess that – like most of us – I use a computer almost every day of my life now, without giving too much thought as to how the thing…

Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656) and David’s Sorrow

HOMILY at CHORAL EVENSONG for the SECOND SUNDAY after TRINITY (A) 2017   The music we have just heard was written by someone who was once described as one of music’s great survivors. And it is certainly true that Thomas Tomkins lived a remarkably long life for someone of his generation – he was 83 when he died, just a few miles…

Our Calling

HOMILY at the 9h and 10h30 MASSES for the FIRST SUNDAY after TRINITY (A) 201 There is a book which is causing something of a storm in the United States at present. It’s called the Benedict Option and in it the author, Rod Dreher, paints an apocalyptic picture of life in the States. He suggests that things there are now so inimical…

Being in relationship

HOMILY at the 19h SUNG MASS for the FEAST of the MOST HOLY TRINITY (A) 2017 Today is something of a strange Feast in the life of the Church – a kind of ‘God Sunday’. Years ago, when I first ordained, if you were allotted the task of preaching on this Sunday it was regarded as the short straw. The great Roman…

God’s Unity

HOMILY at the 10h30 MASS for the FEAST of the MOST HOLY TRINITY (A) 2017 There is a lovely story which I am inclined to remember when Trinity Sunday comes round – though I don’t think that I have ever shared it with you before. It’s about the American Archbishop of Boston from 1944-1970, Richard Cardinal Cushing. When he was a parish…

One in Three – God’s Essential Unity

HOMILY at the 9h MASS for the FEAST of the MOST HOLY TRINITY (A) 2017 As a theological student, I was warned by my College Principal that I should never preach about the Collect for the Day. I believe that the reason for this was a good one – that the homily should seek to explore and engage with the readings for…

The Risen Christ – Present on the Journey

HOMILY at the 9h MASS for the THIRD SUNDAY of EASTERTIDE (A) 2017 The Risen Christ present on the journey The story of Christ’s presence on the Emmaus road with the two disciples and his subsequent appearance to their opened eyes as he broke bread with them is so redolent of the Eucharist that it is almost too easy to miss another…

Anglicans and the Reformation(s) – Reform and Renewal or Poetry in Motion?

HOMILY at the 10h MASS for the FIFTH SUNDAY of LENT (A) 2017 Anglicanism and the Reformation V Reform and Renewal or Poetry in Motion? We come to the final of my addresses this Lent on the subject of Anglicanism and in particular its relationship with the Reformation. But reform is something that continues on the agenda of the Church at all…