Bishop Stephen's sermons



Holy Week Good Friday Address 2019

Good Friday 19 April 2019

It was Friday afternoon. The scene was just outside the gates of Jerusalem and the date: probably the 7th of April in the year 30AD. What follows is not of itself anything out of the ordinary: three men are executed by crucifixion; two are criminals, one is a rabbi from Galilee. Download and read the full sermon...

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Holy Week Thursday Address 2019

Thursday 18 April 2019

We refer to the events that begin at the Last Supper and run through Gethsemane, Jesus’ arrest and trial, his scourging before Pilate, his crucifixion, and his body being taken down from the cross and laid in the tomb as his passion. Download the sermon...

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Holy Week Wednesday Address 2019

Wednesday 17 April 2019

As he died on the Cross Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” (Mark 15.34) This cry of anguished abandonment is also a quote from the opening line of Psalm 22. Download the full sermon...

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Holy Week Tuesday Address 2019

Tuesday 16 April

‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ is the opening line of Psalm 22. Jesus died – it turns out - with the words of scripture on his lips. He spoke them in Aramaic, his mother tongue, but to  add another language into the mix:  he would have also known them in Hebrew. Download the full sermon...

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