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  • Sermon on Easter Day 2020

    The Revd Canon Chris Newlands, Vicar of Lancaster HOLY WEEK 2020 ADDRESS 6 – EASTER DAY It is Easter Day and none of us thought we would be spending it like this! We are not in church, as many of us long to be. Instead we are in our own homes, some of us with those we love – some of us are alone,... Read more

  • Sermon on Good Friday 2020

    The Revd Canon Chris Newlands, Vicar of Lancaster HOLY WEEK 2020        ADDRESS 5.  GOOD FRIDAY – THE CRUCIFIXION The crucifixion scene on the closed centre panel of the altarpiece is one of the most moving depictions of the crucifixion in Western art. It is not rendered “polite” or innocuous, because the crucifixion itself was neither polite nor sanitised. It was a brutal execution,... Read more

  • Sermon on Maundy Thursday 2020

    The Revd Canon Chris Newlands, Vicar of Lancaster HOLY WEEK 2020 – MAUNDY THURSDAY – JOHN THE BAPTIST An unusual addition to the scene of the Crucifixion is the presence of St John the Baptist, pointing towards Jesus on the cross. Of course, the Baptist was not physically present at the crucifixion – he had been executed on the orders of King Herod years... Read more

  • Sermon on Holy Wednesday 2020

    The Revd Canon Chris Newlands, Vicar of Lancaster HOLY WEEK 2020: THE VIRGIN MARY AND ST JOHN AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS The closed Altarpiece shows the scene of the Crucifixion of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is one of the most vivid and challenging interpretations of the crucifixion ever committed to canvas. Two thirds of the image contains nothing... Read more

  • Sermon for Holy Tuesday 2020

    The Revd Canon Chris Newlands, Vicar of Lancaster HOLY WEEK ADDRESS 2020 – 2                                    THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY The open altar-piece gives a very different impression to the closed image. Where there was darkness only broken by the dramatic form of the crucified Christ and those who were witnesses to the crucifixion – in this second set of images, here we have an explosion... Read more

  • Sermon on Holy Monday 2020

    The Revd Canon Chris Newlands, Vicar of Lancaster HOLY WEEK ADDRESS 2020 – THE ISENHEIM ALTARPIECE INTRODUCTION Last year we holidayed with family in Alsace, in Eastern France. We spent a day in Colmar, a beautiful ancient city with beautiful churches, buildings and lots to see. But when we arrived in the main square, the first thing that caught my eye was... Read more

  • Sermon on Passion Sunday

    Lent 5 Passion Sunday, 29 April 2020 The Revd Canon Prof John Rodwell, Hon. Associate Priest It’s a bit of an open secret among preachers that, provided you change the catchy introduction, you can preach the same sermon year after year. In fact, of course, congregations often know this, like many things preachers assume are secret to them.  And why not repeat... Read more

  • Sermon for Lent 1

    Sermon for LENT 1, at Lancaster Priory, 1st March 2020 Preacher: The Revd Canon Chris Newlands, Vicar of Lancaster As we begin this season of Lent, the Gospel reminds us of the Biblical example of Jesus going away into the desert for forty days and forty nights. “Then Jesus was led up into the wilderness by the Spirit to be tempted by... Read more

  • Sermon for Next before Lent 2020

    Sermon preached at the Priory Church of St. Mary of Lancaster on Sunday, February 23rd, 2020  Preacher: John-Francis Friendship  ‘All of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another’ (2 Cor. 3:18)   INTRODUCTION First let me say what a pleasure... Read more