St Bride's: Sermon Series

Transfiguring Beauty

Master of Flemmalle - The Entombment

When I was asked by David Meara to speak to you this morning, I called in at the National Gallery looking for a postcard of a subject suitable for Lent. Other than the Bosch, Mocking Of Christ that I have...

 One of the disturbing features of art is the way it can make beautiful what is terrible, the way it can make aesthetically pleasing what should shock and appal us. And this ability is nowhere more obvious than in the...

Duccio - The Annunciation

  In this season of the Lenten festival of the Annunciation I am fortunate to be able to draw your attention not just to St Luke's economical narrative with its five episodes, but also to Duccio's picture reproduced in the...

Raphael - Madonna of the Pinks

InvitationIn July last year I was invited by the Daily Mail to write about Raphael's Madonna of the Pinks. Fleet Street is Fleet Street. They telephoned at 10.30 in the morning asking for their 2.30 deadline that same day. But...

Godfrey Kneller - Sir Christopher Wren

St Bride’s is one of the six city churches designed by Christopher Wren. Despite damage and rebuilding, it has lasted 300 years. The time span matters: ‘Architecture’ wrote Wren ‘aims at eternity’.Described by John Evelyn as ‘That miracle of a...

Piero Della Francesca - The Baptism of Christ

Four years ago, after I had exchanged my Fellowship in Cambridge for a Vicarage in Blackheath and had given up University teaching for the pastoral round of a parish priest in South East London, I was interviewed by my bishop:...