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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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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.
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 BachAddress: The DeanAnthem: Kyrie eleison (from Missa Brevis) – William WaltonPrayers 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.    
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 DeanReading: Luke 2: 22-40  Janet HoyleAddress: 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.   
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 TheologianReader: The Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Precentor Address by Canon Hawkey Introduction: Canon HawkeyEpiphany Gospel: Matthew 2: 1-12 The Reverend Mark BirchAddress: Canon HawkeyAnthem: 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.
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 DeanReading: Mark 13: 24-37 Carol HawkeyAddress: The Reverend Mark Birch Anthem: Francisco Guerrero Canite Tuba Prayers and Blessing: The DeanHymn: 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.  
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 HawkeyReading: Matthew 25: 31–46 David FugurallyAddress: 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. 
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 DeanReading: Matthew 25: 14–30 The Reverend Tricia HillasAddress: Canon HawkeyAnthem: 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 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 CBE, Poet Laureate, reads his own composition, ‘The Bed’ at the Centenary of the Burial of the Unknown Warrior on Wednesday 11th November 2020.
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. 
The Prince of Wales read John 15: 12–17 at the Centenary of the Burial of the Unknown Warrior on Wednesday 11th November 2020.
The Sermon given by the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Centenary of the Burial of the Unknown Warrior on Wednesday 11th November 2020.
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 HawkeyReading: John 15: 9-13 Canon HawkeyAddress: 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.
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 RequiemPrayers: The Revd Dr Sarah Archer, Ambassador for Loss and HOPE - equipping the Church to help the bereaved. Their main resource is The Bereavement Journey.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.
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 DeanReading: Matthew 20: 20-28 Simrin RahmanAddress: 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.
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 StricklandAddress: 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.
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 HawkeyAnthem: Gerald Finzi MagnificatPrayers: Captain Kathryn LeworthyBlessing: The Dean Music: Performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell (with kind permission of Hyperion Records).
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?

What is Hope?

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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.
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 HawkeyReading:  Matthew 11: 16–19, 25–30 Dr Mariama Ifode-BleaseAddress: Canon HawkeyAnthem: 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.
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