London Spital Sermon

Where: London at St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street
When: February or March
Time: 11.30 for 12 noon


The church of St Lawrence Jewry is the setting for an annual endowed sermon, a survivor from the fourteenth century when it was originaly preached from the old open-air pulpit at St Mary Spital, hence the name. The  sermons were intended to attract donations and bequests to the alsmhouse on the site. A visiting bishop is invited to preach by the Lord Mayor and the theme is now The Spread of Truth (in the past it was ususally The Resurrection). Nowadays it’s held to coincide with meeting of the Court of Common Council so has shifted from its original date just after Easter and takes place during February or March.  Expect the Lord Mayor, the Court of Aldermen, Common Councilmen and the governors of Bridewell and Christ’s Hospital and a choir from pupils of either Christ’s Hospital or King Edward’s School Witley (the choristers take it in turns annually).

Helpful Hints

The timing is advertised well in advance on the calendar in the church website and it’s currently usually  on a weekday in February or March, often a Thursday. It lasts about half-an-hour. The first rows are reserved for the great and good, but visitors are welcome to attend.

In 2017 it was on Thursday 9th March – 2018 date is yet to be announced.

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