Sermons and Addresses

Bishop Stephen address for Ash Wednesday at Salisbury Cathedral

"Dressing up as a bishop beats most other theatrical performances. What colour mitre; hat on or hat off; surrender stick or retake it; have you forgot your pectoral cross yet again, the list goes on and on and wherever you go the rules are slightly different and no one really knows what they are anyway."

Presidential Address – Diocesan Synod - 4 February 2023

Bishop Stephen spoke of the Peace Pilgrimage to South Sudan, by Pope Francis, Archbishop Justin and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland Dr Ian Greenshields, which was underway while synod met. He said: “My contacts with both Archbishops of the Sudans continues to be frank, honest and committed to on-going partnership, recognising that especially for their people, there really are bigger issues at stake.

Bishop Andrew's New Year Message 2023

Bishop Andrew's New Year Message 2023

What’s in a name? Christmas Thought 2022 from Bishop Karen

Bishop Karen recorded a Christmas thought for the ‘Alfred Daily’ podcast. Read what she said here.

From Darkness to Light: Address by Dean Nick

From Darkness to Light, Friday 25 November 2022, Salisbury Cathedral by The Very Revd Nicholas Papadopulos, Dean of Salisbury

Advent Reflection by Bishop Karen

Bishop Karen's address for the start of Advent "The eagerness to get the decorations up and the lights on the tree is a reflection of our need to cheer ourselves up and bring some light into our lives almost as soon as the clocks go back."

From Darkness to Light: Address by Bishop Stephen

Bishop Stephen's sermon for the beginning of Advent. "There is something unsettling about total darkness, even when in a cathedral of goodness. Total darkness. Anything could go wrong."

Sermon for Safeguarding Sunday

Bishop Stephen's sermon for Safeguarding Sunday, at Salisbury Cathedral.

Service admitting the Dean of Jersey and the Dean of Guernsey as canons

Sermon from the service at Salisbury Cathedral to admit to the College of Canons the Dean of Jersey and the Dean of Guernsey, to mark the attachment of the Channel Islands to the Diocese.

Ad clerum: 4 November 2022

The College of Bishops met for three days this week to discuss the Living in Love and Faith Process.  The College includes all bishops.  We were pleased by the level of engagement, grace and honest discussion from everyone present.  Working in groups, we were able to express hopes and concerns in a context of prayer and fellowship.  The Eucharist was celebrated each day.  Much time was spent reflecting on passages from scripture which included:

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