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.

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…

The Joy of Salvation

HOMILY at the SOLEMN MIDNIGHT MASS of the NATIVITY of the LORD (C) 2018 2018 has been a very turbulent year once again, and as we begin to look towards 2019 there is no promise that politically at least it will be any different.  So during the past months, along with the rest of the world, I have watched so many negotiations…

A hearing of angels

HOMILY at the MASS of the DAY for CHRISTMAS (C) 2018 When did you last meet an angel or hear an angel’s voice?  I know that these days priests are supposed to be witty at Christmas, but actually this is a serious question and maybe we could spend a few minutes thinking quietly about the answer.  But then there might be a…

An awakening

HOMILY at the MASS of the DAWN of CHRISTMAS (C) 2018 I read in this week’s Church Times that a recent Twitter poll has revealed the most contentious Christmas Carols.  Contentious, that is, on the grounds of theology or probability.  And the winner is ….. (as they persist in saying)  Away in a manger.  The Carol that I too would have nominated. …

Born of the Virgin Mary

HOMILY at the MASSES for the FOURTH SUNDAY of ADVENT (C) 2018 The Fourth Sunday of Advent now always focusses our attention upon the figure of Our Lady, Mary the Mother of Jesus and so for a few brief moments this morning we think of her.  The great Swiss Protestant theologian, Karl Barth, used on Sundays in later life to listen to…

John the Baptist

HOMILY at the 10h30 MASS for the THIRD SUNDAY of ADVENT (C) 2018 I rather suppose that John the Baptist must have been a little bit of a disappointment to his parents.  After all, they had waited a long time for his birth and Zachary his father might well have expected John to follow him into the service of the Temple.  But…

The Joy of Salvation

HOMILY at the 9h and 10h30 MASSES for the SECOND SUNDAY of ADVENT © 2018 Today’s Eucharist has the theme ‘the joy of Salvation.’  By coincidence, tomorrow is the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights – December 10, 1948.  Something of which the UN should be justly proud, coming as it did – as…