London Lion Sermon

Where: London at St Katharine Cree church on Leadenhall Street
When: 16th October or nearest Thursday
Time: 1pm


Sir John Gayer, Lord Mayor of London and founder of the Levant Company, left a bequest in his will for St Katherine Cree church and his generosity is commemorated by the special service each October. Sir John became separated from his travelling companions on a trip through the desert – he met a hungry lion but prayed for assistance and was left unharmed. The story of Sir John’s deliverance is retold each year with a sermon.

Helpful Hints

Sir John died in 1649 and is buried at the church – look for his commemorative brass.

The service usually takes place on a Thursday around October 16th. In 2016 it was on Thursday October 13th – 2017 date is yet to be confirmed.

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Photo by Yagan Kiely.

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