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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.

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…

Anglicans and the Reformation(s) – Setting the Scene

HOMILY at the MASSES for the FIRST SUNDAY of LENT (A) 2017 Anglicanism and the Reformation 1 Setting the Scene When I mention the word Reformation to you, I guess that there will be a whole variety of different responses. Historians now realise just what a complex, uneven and lengthy process Reformation was. And many doubt the traditional wisdom, in the words…

Who is my neighbour?

HOMILY for the 9h and 10h30 MASSES for the SEVENTH SUNDAY after TRINITY (C) 2016 Today’s Gospel reading includes one of the most well-known of Jesus’ parables – that of the Good Samaritan as it is usually called. Because it is so familiar, and because we think that we can easily understand it, I think that we are inclined to miss perhaps…

A mélange or maybe a melody

HOMILY at the MASSES for the THIRD SUNDAY after TRINITY (MUSIC SUNDAY) (C) 2016 At this particular moment in today’s liturgy, we are faced with an embarrassment of riches.  Or at least, I am faced with one.  Because today there are at least three sermons which I could preach – and unless you want your lunchtime barbecue to be reduced to a…

Glory

HOMILY at CHORAL EVENSONG for the SUNDAY before LENT (C) 2016 On Monday last week, work began on the clearing of the site known as the Jungle, just outside Calais. The Prefect of Pas de Calais has promised an alternative for its many occupants and one hopes that this will be honoured soon and with justice. What clearly was not just was…

Angels ascending and descending

HOMILY at CHORAL EVENSONG for the THIRD SUNDAY in LENT (C) 2016 The General Synod of the Church of England met the week before last and debated – amongst other things – new proposals for training clergy and means of resourcing the future mission of our Church.  It is said that the Church of England (via the Church Commissioners) is sitting on…

The Pharisee and the Publican

HOMILY for the 19h SUNG MASS for the FIRST SUNDAY in LENT (C) 2016 That is a wonderful picture – the one we have just heard in this evening’s Gospel reading – about the Pharisee and the Publican (or Tax Collector). And isn’t it just even more wonderful that we are not at all like the Pharisee! Oh dear – that’s torn…