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.

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…

Anglicans and the Reformation(s) – A good enough mother?

HOMILY at the MASSES for the FOURTH SUNDAY of LENT (A) 2017 Anglicanism and the Reformation IV A Good enough Mother? We have been thinking together throughout Lent about Anglicanism and the Reformation and we have been doing this for a number of reasons. First, because we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the recognised beginning of the Reformation with Martin Luther’s…

The Lamb who is Victorious

HOMILY at the 9h and 10h30 MASSES for EASTER DAY (A) 2017 The Lamb who is victorious Out of interest, I Googled Lamb and Flag the other day – thinking about the ancient symbol of the resurrection. (Here it is – and if you look at the East window in the church at the top right you will see it also!) My…

Anglicans and the Reformation(s) – Another Trinity

HOMILY at MORNING PRAYER and at the 10h30 MASS for the THIRD SUNDAY in LENT (A) 2017 Anglicanism and the Reformation III Another trinity – Scripture, Tradition and Reason in the Anglican method at 9h Today’s two readings at Morning Prayer – from the prophet Amos and from S. Paul’s second letter to the Church at Corinth – remind us of the…

Anglicans and the Reformation(s) – Common Prayer

HOMILY at the 9h and 10h30 MASSES for the SECOND SUNDAY of LENT (A) 2017 Anglicanism and the Reformation II. Common Prayer Some time back, I wrote a piece for the September 2016 Holy Trinity Newsletter which started with words about the Church of England facing a crisis of faith. Rather to my surprise, it produced quite a reaction – some of…