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Westminster Abbey

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

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May 13, 2021 13 min
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.

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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.

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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 Precentor Address by the Reverend Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian Reader: Sarah Clarke OBE, Lady Usher of the Black Rod 

Ave Maris Stella from Le tombeau de Titelouze – Marcel Dupré Introduction: The Reverend Mark Birch  Rea...
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February 17, 2021 28 min
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 ...
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February 2, 2021 19 min
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...
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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 Anthe...
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November 29, 2020 19 min
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 Ha...
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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 Educ...
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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...
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November 11, 2020 1 min
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.
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November 11, 2020 2 min
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.
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November 11, 2020 43 sec
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. 
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November 11, 2020 1 min
The Prince of Wales read John 15: 12–17 at the Centenary of the Burial of the Unknown Warrior on Wednesday 11th November 2020.
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November 11, 2020 5 min
The Sermon given by the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Centenary of the Burial of the Unknown Warrior on Wednesday 11th November 2020.
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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  ...
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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 ...
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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 Wes...
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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 Mar...
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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
 
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July 13, 2020 13 min
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.
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