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Sermons from Westminster Abbey and lectures on issues of faith, ethics, politics and public policy-making from the Westminster Abbey Institute.

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    Sung Eucharist for The Feast of the Dedication of Westminster Abbey - Sermon

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 15:26

    The Reverend Canon Carl F. Turner, Rector of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, gave the sermon for the Feast of the Dedication of Westminster Abbey

    Sermon at Sung Eucharist for the Feast of The Translation of St Edward the Confessor 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 9:09

    The Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, gave the sermon at Sung Eucharist for the Feast of The Translation of St Edward the Confessor on 13th October 2021.

    Judges Service - Sermon

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 11:06

    The Venerable Sheila Watson, Preacher of Lincoln's Inn, gave the sermon.

    Abbeycast - Sermon at the Florence Nightingale Service 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 13:15


    Listen to the Sermon delivered by The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Sarah Mullally DBE, Bishop of London during the Florence Nightingale Service 2021.The Reverend pays thanks to nurses and healthcare workers on the front line during the Covid-19 pandemic.The Sermon was delivered on what would have been Florence Nightingale's 101st birthday.


    Abbeycast - ANZAC Day service: Sermon by the Dean of Westminster

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 11:13

    Listen to the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle's sermon given during the ANZAC Day service on Sunday 25th April 2021.

    Abbeycast - A podcast for the Feast of the Annunciation

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 32:05

    This 32-minute service includes prayers, a reading, an address, music and a blessing, recorded this week in the Abbey’s magnificent Chapter House. Introduced by the Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and PrecentorAddress by the Reverend Dr James Hawkey, Canon TheologianReader: Sarah Clarke OBE, Lady Usher of the Black Rod  Ave Maris Stella from Le tombeau de Titelouze – Marcel DupréIntroduction: The Reverend Mark Birch Reading: Luke 1: 26-38 Sarah Clarke Prière à Notre Dame from Suite Gothique – Léon BoëllmannAddress: Canon Hawkey Anthem: Mater Christi sanctissima – John TavernerPrayers and Blessing: The Reverend Mark Birch  Fuga sopra il Magnificat BWV 733 – JS Bach Music: The anthem is performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records). Organ music, which was specially recorded earlier this week, is played by Charles Maxtone-Smith, Organ Scholar. This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.

    Abbeycast - A podcast for Ash Wednesday

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 28:09

    This 28-minute service includes prayers, a reading, an address, music and a blessing, recorded this week in the Florence Nightingale Chapel in Westminster Abbey. Introduced by the Reverend Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian Address by the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster Reader: Janet Hoyle  Miserere – William Byrd  Introduction: Canon Hawkey  Reading: Isaiah 58: 1-12  Janet Hoyle Erbarm’ dich mein, O herre Gott BWV 721 – JS Bach Address: The Dean Anthem: Kyrie eleison (from Missa Brevis) – William Walton Prayers and Blessing: Canon Hawkey  Aus tiefer Not, schrei ich zu dir BWV 687 – JS Bach   Music: The anthem is performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records). Organ music, which was specially recorded earlier this week, is played by Matthew Jorysz, Assistant Organist. This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.    

    Abbeycast - A podcast for Candlemas

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2021 19:37

    This 19 minute service includes prayers, a reading, an address, music and a blessing, recorded this week in the Abbey’s magnificent Lady Chapel. Introduced by the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster Address by the Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Precentor  Reader: Janet Hoyle    Introduction: The Dean Reading: Luke 2: 22-40  Janet Hoyle Address: The Reverend Mark Birch  Anthem: Nunc Dimittis, Stanford in A  Prayers and Blessing: The Dean   Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records).  This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.   

    Abbeycast - A podcast for the Feast of the Epiphany of The Lord

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2021 14:11

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey on the Feast of the Epiphany of The Lord. This 14 minute service includes a reading, an address and music, recorded this week at the crib. Introduced by the Reverend Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian Reader: The Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Precentor  Address by Canon Hawkey Introduction: Canon Hawkey Epiphany Gospel: Matthew 2: 1-12 The Reverend Mark Birch Address: Canon Hawkey Anthem: Jonathan Dove, The Three Kings Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records).    This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.

    Abbeycast - A podcast for Advent Sunday

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2020 19:22

    This 19 minute service includes prayers, a reading, an address, music and a blessing, recorded this week at the two Jesse Trees, made by the sculptor Benno Elkan, and representing scenes from the Old and New Testaments.   Introduced by the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster   Address by the Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Precentor    Reader: Carol Hawkey   Introduction: The Dean Reading: Mark 13: 24-37 Carol Hawkey Address: The Reverend Mark Birch  Anthem: Francisco Guerrero Canite Tuba Prayers and Blessing: The Dean Hymn: Lo, He comes with clouds descending    Music: Recorded earlier this week in the Abbey by the Choir of Westminster Abbey and conducted by James O’Donnell.    This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.   

    Abbeycast - A podcast from Westminster Abbey for the Feast of Christ the King

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2020 16:34

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey for the Feast of Christ the King. This 16 minute service includes an introit, prayers, a reading, an address, music and a blessing, recorded this week on the Abbey's magnificent Cosmati pavement in front of the High Altar.   Introduced by the Reverend Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian   Address by the Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Precentor    Reader: David Fugurally, Department for Education, Fellow of Westminster Abbey Institute    Introit: Sergei Rachmaninoff To thee, O Lord Introduction: Canon Hawkey Reading: Matthew 25: 31–46 David Fugurally Address: The Reverend Mark Birch  Anthem: Benjamin Britten Hymn of St Columba Prayers and Blessing: Canon Hawkey    Music: Recorded earlier this week in the Abbey by the Choir of Westminster Abbey and conducted by James O’Donnell.    This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing. 

    Abbeycast - A podcast for ‘The Parable of the Talents’

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2020 15:36

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey on ‘The Parable of the Talents’. This 15 minute service includes prayers, a reading, an address, music and a blessing, recorded this week in the Abbey's magnificent Nave.   Introduced by the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster   Address by the Reverend Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian   Reader: The Reverend Tricia Hillas, Chaplain to the Speaker, Priest Vicar of Westminster Abbey    Introduction: The Dean Reading: Matthew 25: 14–30 The Reverend Tricia Hillas Address: Canon Hawkey Anthem: John Ireland Ex ore innocentium Prayers and Blessing: The Dean   Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records).    This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.

    Cerys Matthews reads from a letter

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2020 1:34

    Cerys Matthews reads from a letter written by a widow after attending the burial of the Unknown Warrior at the Centenary of the Burial of the Unknown Warrior on Wednesday 11th November 2020.

    Simon Armitage reads his poem, 'The Bed'

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2020 2:23


    Simon Armitage CBE, Poet Laureate, reads his own composition, ‘The Bed’ at the Centenary of the Burial of the Unknown Warrior on Wednesday 11th November 2020.


    Boris Johnson, Prime Minister's reading

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2020 0:43

    The Right Honourable Boris Johnson MP, Prime Minister, reads an extract from the diary of a blind veteran who attended the burial of the Unknown Warrior. 

    HRH The Prince of Wales reading

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2020 1:20

    The Prince of Wales read John 15: 12–17 at the Centenary of the Burial of the Unknown Warrior on Wednesday 11th November 2020.

    Archbishop of Canterbury Sermon

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2020 5:17

    The Sermon given by the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Centenary of the Burial of the Unknown Warrior on Wednesday 11th November 2020.

    Abbeycast - A podcast for Remembrance Sunday

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2020 16:59

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey on Remembrance Sunday.   This 17-minute service includes prayers, a reading, an address, music and a blessing, recorded this week at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. Led by the Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian   Address by the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster  Reader: Canon Hawkey   Introduction: Canon Hawkey Reading: John 15: 9-13 Canon Hawkey Address: The Dean  Anthem: Herbert Howells Take him, earth, for cherishing Prayers and Blessing: Canon Hawkey   Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records).    This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.

    Abbeycast - ‘A podcast for All Souls’ Day’

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2020 26:00

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey on the feast of All Souls’ Day. This twenty six minute service includes prayers, a reading, a sermon, music and a blessing, recorded this week and includes extracts from a Sung Eucharist held in the Abbey to mark All Souls' Day on Monday.   Introduced by the Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Precentor   Reader: Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex   Sermon by the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster    Introduction: The Reverend Mark Birch  Reading: Romans 5: 5-1 The Countess of Wessex  Sermon: The Dean  Music: The Introit and Kyrie from the Durufle Requiem Prayers: The Revd Dr Sarah Archer, Ambassador for Loss and HOPE (https://www.lossandhope.org/) - equipping the Church to help the bereaved. Their main resource is The Bereavement Journey (https://thebereavementjourney.org/) . Blessing: The Reverend Mark Birch Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records).    This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.

    Abbeycast - ‘St Edward – King and Confessor’: A podcast for the Feast of the Translation of St Edward

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2020 16:22

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey on the Feast of the Translation of St Edward. This 16 minute service includes prayers, a reading, an address, music and a blessing, recorded this week in the Abbey's magnificent shrine of St Edward the Confessor.   Introduced by the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster   Address by the Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian   Reader: Simrin Rahman, a student at Harris Westminster Sixth Form    Introduction: The Dean Reading: Matthew 20: 20-28 Simrin Rahman Address: Canon Hawkey  Anthem: Bruckner Os iusti meditabitur Prayers and Blessing: The Dean   Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records).    This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.

    Abbeycast - 'Angels ascending and descending’: A podcast for St Michael and All Angels

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2020 16:32

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey on the feast of St Michael and All Angels.  This 16 minute service includes prayers, a reading, an address, music and a blessing, recorded this week in the Abbey's magnificent 16th-century Lady Chapel. Introduced by the Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Precentor   Address by the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster   Reader: Bryony Strickland    Introduction: The Reverend Mark Birch  Reading: John 1: 47–end: Bryony Strickland Address: The Dean  Anthem: Tippett Plebs angelica Prayers and Blessing: The Reverend Mark Birch   Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records).    This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.

    Abbeycast: Holy is his name - A podcast to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, and the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2020 23:16

    A podcast to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, and the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary.   On VJ Day the Abbey joined national celebrations by holding services on 15th and 16th August 1945 which were attended by great numbers of people.   A service of prayers, reading, address, music and blessing recorded this week in the Chapel of the Holy Name.   Introduced by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle   Address by the Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian   Reader: The Right Reverend Augustine Naoaki Kobayashi, Bishop of Kobe, Anglican Church in Japan.   Introduction: The Dean  Reading: Luke 1: 46-55 (Bishop Kobayashi) Address: Canon Hawkey Anthem: Gerald Finzi Magnificat Prayers: Captain Kathryn Leworthy Blessing: The Dean   Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records).

    A contemplation of Hope

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2020 13:25


    A lecture given by Jenny McCarthy, a journalist and author who grew up in Northern Ireland and now lives in London. Part of Hope, Westminster Abbey Institute’s 2020 spring programme.


    What is Hope?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2020 36:37

    A lecture given by James Hawkey, Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey. Dr Hawkey is a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and a visiting lecturer at King’s College London. Part of Hope, Westminster Abbey Institute’s 2020 spring programme.

    Abbeycast: Come unto me - A podcast for the fourth Sunday after Trinity

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2020 19:25

    A podcast on the fourth Sunday after Trinity marking the re-opening of the Abbey for public worship - the final episode in our series of Sunday worship podcasts produced during lockdown.   Worship podcasts will be produced for feast days and major anniversaries from now on. Please subscribe to be notified of releases.   A service of prayers, reading, address, music and blessing recorded this week in the nave of the Abbey.   Introduced by the Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Precentor   Address by the Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian   Reader: Dr Mariama Ifode-Blease, Queen’s Almsman   Introduction: Canon Hawkey Reading:  Matthew 11: 16–19, 25–30 Dr Mariama Ifode-Blease Address: Canon Hawkey Anthem: Edward Elgar O Hearken thou Prayers and Blessing: The Reverend Mark Birch   Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records).   This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.

    Abbeycast: Tu es Petrus - A podcast for St Peter’s Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2020 15:36

    Saint Peter is the Abbey’s patron saint, and on St Peter’s Day the Collegiate Body and wider Abbey community would usually be celebrating with a Festal Eucharist. This year we mark St Peter’s Day with a special podcast which includes a reading by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. This episode reflects on the Abbey’s dedication to St Peter, and on the inspiration St Peter offers us in the life of faith.   A 15-minute service of prayers, reading, address, music and blessing recorded this week in the Sacrarium in front of the statue of St Peter by the High Altar.   Introduced by The Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian   Address by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle   Reader: Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal   Introduction: Canon Hawkey Reading: Matthew 16: 13–19 HRH The Princess Royal Address: The Dean Anthem: Palestrina Tu es Petrus Prayers and Blessing: Canon Hawkey   Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records).   This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.

    Abbeycast: The Rewards of Hospitality - A podcast for Third Sunday after Trinity

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2020 20:36

    The Rule of St Benedict tells us to offer hospitality as if we were entertaining Christ. Recorded in the monastic ‘Cellarium’, which is now a café, this podcast considers themes of welcome and hospitality, as lockdown begins to ease, and places of hospitality begin to re-open. But what do we gain by being hospitable to one another? Perhaps, quite literally, everything. A 20-minute service of prayers, reading, address, music and blessing recorded this week. Introduced by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle   Address by The Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Precentor Reader: Major General Christopher Ghika, General Officer Commanding London District and Major General Commanding the Household Division   Introduction: The Dean Reading: Matthew 10: 40-42 Major General Christopher Ghika Address: The Reverend Mark Birch Anthem: Sir William Harris Strengthen ye thy weak hands Prayers and Blessing: The Dean   Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records).   This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.

    Abbeycast: A Narnia Tale - A podcast for Second Sunday after Trinity

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2020 17:51

    CS Lewis’s writings have offered inspiring commentary on the Christian faith to people from across the world over many years. This week’s podcast draws inspiration from some of Lewis’s writings and reflections.   A 17-minute service of prayers, reading, address, music and blessing recorded this week in Poets’ Corner by the memorial to CS Lewis, Anglican scholar and spiritual writer, which was dedicated in 2013 on the 50th anniversary of his death.   Introduced by The Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian   Address by The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster   Reader: Dr Linda Yueh, Executive Chair, Royal Commonwealth Society   Introduction: Canon Hawkey Reading: Matthew 10: 24–39 - Dr Linda Yueh Address: The Dean Anthem: John Tavener The peace that surpasseth understanding Prayers and Blessing: Canon Hawkey   Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records).   This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.

    Abbeycast: The Harvest is rich - A podcast for First Sunday after Trinity

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2020 21:49

    In the gospels, Jesus gathers the disciples around him, and then sends them out to share his mission in the world. His mission is our mission, yet we do not possess it. Rather it can become the narrative which gives shape to our lives. A 22-minute service of prayers, reading, address, music and blessing recorded this week at the North Door, which was originally the grand entrance of the Abbey. Introduced by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle Address by The Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian Reader: The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Westminster and Deputy High Steward of Westminster Abbey, Councillor Jonathan Glanz Introduction: The Dean Reading:  Matthew 9: 35–10: 8  The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Jonathan Glanz Address: Canon Hawkey Anthem: William Walton The Twelve Prayers and Blessing: The Dean Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records). This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.

    Relating without rivalry – a podcast for Trinity Sunday

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2020 18:59

    The Holy Trinity can sometimes sound a bit like a mathematical problem (‘Three in One, and One in Three’), but this podcast explores whether it is, in fact, a key to understanding not just God, but ourselves, and the kind of relationships for which we are made. A 19-minute service of prayers, reading, address, music and blessing recorded this week in the 13th century Chapter House in the East Cloister – originally a meeting place where the monks gathered with the abbot to pray and discuss the day’s business. Introduced by The Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian Address by The Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Precentor Reader: Dame Cressida Dick, The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service Introduction: Canon Hawkey Reading:  Matthew 28: 16–20 Dame Cressida Dick Address: The Reverend Mark Birch Anthem: John Sheppard Libera nos, salva nos Prayers/Blessing: Canon Hawkey Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records). This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing. Dame Cressida Dick's reading was recorded in May.

    Abbeycast: Come Holy Spirit – a podcast for Pentecost

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2020 15:05

    A special ecumenical episode bringing Christian leaders together to celebrate Pentecost. A 15-minute service of prayers, reading, address, music and blessing recorded this week on the Cosmati pavement – a 750-year old pavement in front of the High Altar where coronations have taken place for hundreds of years. Introduced by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle Address by The Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian Reader: Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain Prayers: Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster The Reverend Michaela Youngson, Chair of the London District of the Methodist Church Introduction: The Dean Reading: John 20: 19-23 Archbishop Nikitas Address: Canon Hawkey Prayer: Cardinal Nichols Anthem: Thomas Tomkins O sing unto the Lord a new song Prayer: The Reverend Michaela Youngson Blessing: The Dean Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records). This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.

    Abbeycast: O Clap Your Hands – a podcast for Anglican Communion Sunday

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2020 16:53

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey on Anglican Communion Sunday for worshippers everywhere. A 17 minute service of prayers, reading, sermon, music and blessing recorded this week in the north transept where pilgrims and visitors have entered Westminster Abbey for hundreds of years. Introduced by the Reverend Canon Anthony Ball, Canon Steward Address by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle Reader: The Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, The Most Reverend Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon. Introduction: Canon Ball Reading: John 17: 1–11 (Archbishop Idowu-Fearon) Address: The Dean Anthem: Ralph Vaughan Williams O Clap your hands Prayers and blessing: Canon Ball Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records). This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.

    Abbeycast: Ascension Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2020 13:22

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey on Ascension Day for worshippers everywhere. A service recorded this week in the glorious Lady Chapel, Westminster Abbey. Introduced by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle Address by the Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian Reader: HRH The Countess of Wessex Introduction: The Dean Reading: Luke 24: 44–53 (The Countess of Wessex) Address: Canon Hawkey Anthem: Charles Villiers Stanford, ‘Caelos Ascendit Hodie’, from 3 Motets, Op. 38 Prayers and blessing: The Dean Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records). This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.

    Abbeycast: God’s abiding love - a podcast on the Sixth Sunday of Easter

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2020 18:48

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey on the Sixth Sunday of Easter for worshippers everywhere. A twenty-minute service recorded this week in the intimate setting of St Faith’s Chapel, Westminster Abbey, focusing on the Easter gift of God’s abiding love. Introduced by the Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian Address by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle Reader: The Bishop of London, the Right Reverend and Right Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE Introduction: Canon Hawkey Reading: John 14: 15–21 (Bishop Sarah) Address: The Dean Anthem: Edward Elgar, ‘The Spirit of the Lord’, from The Apostles Op. 49 Prayers and blessing: Canon Hawkey Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records). This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.

    Abbeycast: 5th Sunday of Easter

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2020 15:49

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey for the fifth Sunday of Easter. Introduced by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle Recorded in the Florence Nightingale Chapel Reader: Victor Funtanares, NHS paediatric nurse and Abbey Oblate Introduction: The Dean Gospel Reading (John 14: 1-14): Victor Funtanares Address: The Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Precentor Anthem: Stanford Beati quorum via Prayers and Blessing: The Dean Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records). This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.

    Abbeycast: 75th anniversary of VE Day

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2020 30:59

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey for the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Introduced by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle. Recorded at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. Readers: General Sir Nicholas Carter GCB, CBE, DSO, Chief of the Defence Staff The Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian Barbara Weatherill, VE Day veteran Introduction: The Dean Reading: Psalm 46 (General Sir Nicholas Carter) Gospel Reading: John 15:9-17 (Canon Hawkey) Address: The Dean Reflection: Barbara Weatherill Anthem: Vaughan Williams Lord, thou hast been our refuge Prayers: The Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Precentor Blessing: The Dean Hymn: Herbert Howells All my hope on God is founded Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records). This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing. 

    Abbeycast: Fourth Sunday of Easter

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2020 14:28

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey on the Fourth Sunday of Easter Introduced by the Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian Recorded at the Cloister Entrance, the gate leading to the Abbey’s cloisters Address by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle Reader: Alan Titchmarsh Introduction: Canon Hawkey Reading: John 10: 1-10 (Alan Titchmarsh) Address: The Dean Anthem: Henry Purcell, O God Thou Art My God Prayers and blessing: Canon Hawkey Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records). This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.

    Abbeycast: An Easter Podcast on ANZAC weekend

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2020 17:55

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey on the Third Sunday of Easter following Anzac Day. Introduced by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle. Recorded before the British Fighting Forces Memorial in Samaria within the Deanery of Westminster Abbey. Address by the Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian.   Readers: The Right Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand His Excellency the Honourable George Brandis QC, Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Introduction: The Dean Reading: ‘Gallipoli Peninsula’ Alistair Te Ariki Campbell (Jacinda Arden) Gospel Reading: Luke 24: 13-35 (George Brandis) Address: Canon Hawkey Anthem: Hubert Parry My soul, there is a country Prayers and blessing: The Dean Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records). This podcast was recorded with all contributors observing social distancing.

    Reflection on ANZAC Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2020 1:39

    An ANZAC Reflection by an Australian in London. Abbey chaplain, The Reverend Jenny Petersen, who is currently in lockdown at the Abbey, explains how it feels to be an Australian in London for ANZAC. She reveals the special way she plans to mark the day when she would usually be attending the Abbey’s ANZAC Day service, and how she thinks ANZAC values can help at this time. Jenny has lived in the UK for 34 years. She was born in Brunswick, Melbourne. #LightUpTheDawn

    Abbeycast: Low Sunday

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2020 14:39

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey on Low Sunday introduced by The Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian. Address: The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster Reader: Dr Claire Foster-Gilbert, Director, Westminster Abbey Institute Recorded in Infirmary Hall, a 14th century space which was once part of the monastic infirmary. Introduction – Canon Hawkey Reading – John 20: 19-31 (Dr Claire Foster-Gilbert) Address – The Dean Anthem – William Walton Jubilate Deo Prayers, The Lord’s Prayer and Blessing – Canon Hawkey   Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records).

    Abbeycast: Easter Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2020 21:39

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey on Easter Day introduced by The Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, with a reading by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Address: The Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian Reader:  His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales Recorded in St Catherine’s Chapel Garden, Little Cloister – a small garden within the ruins of the 12th century St Catherine's chapel. Introduction – The Dean Reading – John 20: 1-18 (HRH The Prince of Wales) Address – Canon Hawkey Anthem – William Byrd Christ rising again from the dead Prayers, The Lord’s Prayer and Blessing – The Dean Hymn – Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records). This podcast was recorded by members of the Westminster Abbey community who are currently in self-isolation in the Abbey precincts. Social distancing was observed.

    Abbeycast: Holy Saturday

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2020 13:28

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey on Holy Saturday introduced by The Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian. Address: The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster Reader:  Carol Hawkey Recorded in College Garden, a garden which has been in cultivation for over 900 years.   Introduction – Canon Hawkey Reading –John 19: 38-42 Address – The Dean Anthem – William Byrd Civitas sancti tui Prayers, The Lord’s Prayer and Concluding Prayer – Canon Hawkey   Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records). This podcast was recorded by members of the Westminster Abbey community who are currently in self-isolation in the Abbey precincts. Social distancing was observed.

    Abbeycast: Good Friday

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2020 16:49

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey for Good Friday introduced by The Reverend Canon Anthony Ball, Canon Steward. Address: The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster Reader:  The Reverend Canon Jane Sinclair, Canon of Westminster and Rector of St Margaret's Church Recorded in College Garden within the walls of the Abbey, at the crucifix by the Italian sculptor, Enzo Plazzotta. Introduction – Canon Ball Reading – Matthew 27: 32-50 Address – The Dean Anthem – John Blow Salvator Mundi Prayers and The Lord’s Prayer – Canon Ball Orlando Gibbons Drop, drop slow tears Concluding prayer – Canon Ball   Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records). This podcast was recorded by members of the Westminster Abbey community who are currently in self-isolation in the Abbey precincts. Social distancing was observed. 

    Abbeycast: Maundy Thursday

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2020 13:40

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey on Maundy Thursday introduced by The Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian. Address: The Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Sacrist Reader: Carol Hawkey Recorded in the East Cloister where the Abbot would perform a Maundy rite before the Reformation. Introduction – Canon Hawkey Reading – John 13: 3-14 Address – The Reverend Mark Birch Anthem – Christopher Tye Give almes of thy goods Prayers, The Lord’s Prayer and Blessing – Canon Hawkey Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records). This podcast was recorded by members of the Westminster Abbey community who are currently in self-isolation in the Abbey precincts. Social distancing was observed.

    Abbeycast: Palm Sunday

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2020 14:25

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey on Palm Sunday introduced by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle.   Recorded in front of the Abbey’s Great West Door, above which stand statues commemorating ten modern martyrs – Christians who gave up their lives during the twentieth century. Address: The Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian Reader: The Reverend Jenny Petersen, Minor Canon and Chaplain   Introduction – The Dean Reading – Luke 19: 28-40  Address – Canon Hawkey Anthem – Philip Moore Prayers in time of distress (from Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer) Prayers, The Lord’s Prayer and Blessing – The Dean   Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records). This podcast was recorded by members of the Westminster Abbey community who are currently in self-isolation in the Abbey precincts. Social distancing was observed.

    Abbeycast: Passion Sunday

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2020 13:51

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey on Passion Sunday introduced by The Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Sacrist.    Recorded in the Cloisters of Westminster Abbey.   Address: The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster Reader: Megan Huntly   Introduction – The Reverend Mark Birch Reading – John 11: 17-44 (Megan Huntly)  Address – The Dean Anthem – Henry Purcell Hear my Prayer Prayers, Lord’s Prayer and Blessing – The Reverend Mark Birch   Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records).    This podcast was recorded by members of the Westminster Abbey community who are currently in self-isolation in the Abbey precincts. Social distancing was observed, and the podcast was compiled remotely by Abbey staff.

    Abbeycast: The Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2020 16:07

    A podcast from Westminster Abbey on The Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary, 2020, introduced by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle.    Recorded at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pew, Westminster Abbey  Introduced by The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster  Address from The Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian  Reader: Carol Hawkey    Introduction – The Dean  Reading – Luke 1: 26-38 (Carol Hawkey)  Address – Canon Hawkey  Anthem – Orlando Gibbons See, see the Word is Incarnate  Prayers, Lord’s Prayer and Blessing – The Dean    Music: ‘See, see, the Word is incarnate’ composed by Orlando Gibbons, text by Bishop Godfrey Goodman, performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records).    This podcast was recorded by members of the Westminster Abbey community who are currently in self-isolation in the Abbey precincts. All personnel practiced social distancing during the making of this podcast. 

    Charles Gore Memorial Lecture 2020: A Theology of Hope for the 21st Century

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2020 74:53

    The Charles Gore Memorial Lecture 2020 given by Professor Jürgen Moltmann, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology, University of Tübingen. Chair: The Reverend Dr James Hawkey, Canon of Westminster. Part of Westminster Abbey Institute's 'Hope' season. A transcript of this talk can be found at: https://www.westminster-abbey.org/charles-gore-memorial-lectures/charles-gore-lecture-2020

    Hope in Society

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2020 60:02

    Lecture given by Dame Barbara Stocking, President of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, at Westminster Abbey on 25th February 2020. Introduced by Baroness D’Souza. Part of Westminster Abbey Institute's 'Hope' season.

    History Masterclass - Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2020 86:32

    Renowned historian Dr John Guy’s lecture on Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. He discusses these two anointed queens who never met in life yet they lie buried at Westminster Abbey just a few metres from one another in the stunning Lady Chapel, built by Henry Tudor. This lecture was recorded at Westminster Abbey’s annual History Masterclass event on 22nd January 2020. 

    Sermon given at Sung Eucharist on the Epiphany of Our Lord

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2020 8:30

    Sermon given at Sung Eucharist on the Epiphany of Our Lord by The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle Dean of Westminster

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