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Presentation in the Temple -Ripon Cathedral Candlemass – 2nd Feb 2016 – Canon Elizabeth

‘A light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’ It is Simeon’s acclamation of the Christ when he recognises in the 40 day old Jesus, the fulfilment of God’s age-old promise –light and hope for the whole world, not just the Jews. And so today has two names: Candlemass which celebrates that light for the world and ‘the Presentation’ when Mary and Joseph fulfil God’s ancient law and present their …
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Evensong to mark the 70th Anniversary of Christian Aid – Christine Allen, Christ the King.

It is a great pleasure to be here and to be able to join you for Evensong tonight and to share in this beautiful music and prayer. I am particularly pleased to be joining you in this service to mark the 70th Anniversary of Christian Aid. As someone who is paid for the privilege of working for Christian Aid, I acknowledge with gratitude everything that you do as volunteers for our common cause. Seventy years …
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 Remembrance Sermon at Sung Eucharist in Ripon Cathedral Sunday 8 November 2015 preached by Canon Paul Greenwell, Precentor.

  There’s a beautiful scene in Bridge over the River Kwai where Japanese and British hug each other. It is a powerful picture of reconciliation, healing, forgiveness 70 years on from the Second World War. Ripon has some very fine and ancient bridges which span the 3 rivers that meet here and allow people to pass over them, enabling movement and communication from one side to the other. We Christians are called to be bridge …
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Stephen Hanscombe: All Saints Service 1st November 2015

Sermon for All Saints Day,  Open Doors Service 10.30am Readings from  Revelation 21:1-6 and The Gospel according to St John 11:32-44   Through the written word, and the spoken word, may we know your Living Word Jesus Christ our Savour. Amen Here are a couple of questions for you on All Saints Day…. What does a Saint look like? What do you have to do to be a Saint? We are surrounded by images of …
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St Wilfrid lecture Sept 2015:Applying Industrial Mission Theology in a remote rural context: lessons from the celtic fringe. Rev’d Canon Jeremy Martineau

  Applying Industrial Mission Theology in a remote rural context: lessons from the celtic fringe.   As a child in Lincolnshire I could see Lincoln Cathedral some 20 miles away, from the small flat roof outside my bedroom window, through the trees around our house, mysterious, drawing me, yet rarely accessed.  It was an icon for God. Churchgoing reinforced the notion of an Almighty and invisible God, whom I encountered in worship and the natural …
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Canon Felicity Lawson – Consecration of the Bishop of Richmond

Sermon preached by Canon Felicity Lawson at the Consecration of The Venerable Paul Slater as the Bishop of Richmond  19th July 2015. What an amazing occasion this is: The first consecration in Ripon Cathedral since 1293 The reviving of the See of Richmond which has only ever had 2 bishops and has been vacant since 1921 And for Paul, what must have been one of the quickest moves from appointment to consecration in recent history. …
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Rural Question Time (audio recording)

On Thursday 11th June 2015, Ripon Cathedral hosted a panel discussion on rural issues, chaired by the Very Reverend John Dobson, Dean of Ripon. This was part of the St Wilfrid Lecture series and is the first time a public discussion has been included in the series. You can listen to a recording of the discussion below.
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Canon Wendy Wilby: Pentecost 2015

Pentecost – Cathedral Eucharist- 24.05.15 “And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.” I suppose we could say here are some ‘Fresh expressions’ from the book of Acts – the barriers were down and the mission could begin. I’m a traditionalist by nature, but I actually do believe it is vital for a cathedral, like ours here in Ripon, to be on the leading edge of what the church likes …
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Dean John’s Sermon from the Mayor of Ripon’s Installation in Ripon Cathedral

(Readings: Ezek. 37: 1-14; John 20:19-23) “Mortal, can these bones live?” God has a strange sense of humour, doesn’t he? On the day when we install our new mayor, who has served the community as a nurse for years, we get a reading from the Bible all about bones, sinews, skin and making things more alive and better than they were before. Though, I must say, when I heard the Commanding Officer of 21 Royal …
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Revd Chris Lawton: 4th Sunday of Easter 2015

Sermon given at Ripon Cathedral by Revd Chris Lawton, Sunday 26/4/2015 Exodus 16.4-15; Revelation 2.12-17 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord our Rock and Our Redeemer. Amen. It’s a joy and a privilege to be here with you this evening, and although used to the workings of a cathedral, (having served at Gloucester) it is the first time I have spoken in …
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