The Homilies Project is a resource that originated with the diocesan Liturgical Committee to resource parishes for Sunday (or weekday) worship.

Many smaller congregations might not have regular access to a priest or reader, and so this resource was created to enable people to engage with the scriptures without a licensed and theologically trained leader.

Each week’s material is based on the Gospel reading from the Common Worship lectionary, and contains details of the day’s readings, the Gospel printed out in full, a brief homily that is designed to stimulate discussion and prayer, and some questions that you might use either to begin discussion or consider as part of your time set aside for prayer.

The homilies are written by a variety of people, including our bishops and archdeacons, and these may be read by lay leaders who are otherwise not authorised to preach. They may be used within the context of a lay-led Service of the Word or Morning or Evening Prayer. They might also be used at midweek services or study groupsWe aim to post each week’s homily on the website at least a week in advance, so as to allow time for prayer and preparation.


Homilies

(Homilies will be added here as soon as they become available. For enquiries, please contact Richard Steel via email or by calling 07720 740955)

Homily for 3rd Sunday of Lent Lent (March) Word / PDF

Homily for 2nd Sunday of Lent (28th February) Word / PDF

Homily for 1st Sunday of Lent (21st February) Word / PDF

Homily for Ash Wednesday (17th February) Word / PDF

Homily for Sunday before Lent (14th February) Word / PDF

Homily for 2 before Lent (7th February) Word / PDF

Homily for Presentation of Christ (Candlemas) (2nd February or 31st January) Word / PDF

Homily for Epiphany 4 (31st January) Word / PDF

Homily for Epiphany 3 (24th January) Word / PDF

Homily for Epiphany 2 (17th January) Word / PDF

Homily for Epiphany 1 (10th January) Word / PDF

Homily for Epiphany (6th January) (or Sunday 3rd January if celebrating Epiphany then): Word / PDF

Homily for Sunday 3rd January (Christmas 2): Word / PDF

Homily for Sunday 27th December (Christmas 1): Word file / PDF file

Homily for Christmas Day: Word / PDF


The two services below may be led by an appropriate lay minister, and the week's Homily may be read and discussed. Other liturgical materials may be used as appropriate, particularly during the different seasons of the church year.

A morning service of the Word: PDF File

An evening service of the Word: PDF File