Weekly Podcast

Following the success of our podcasts during the COVID-19 lockdown, we are delighted to be moving to a video cast series of our Sunday Holy Communion services back in the University Church.

Catering for those who need to shield at home, the video will include a recording of the Eucharist as well as music recorded virtually by the University Church Choir. We will also publish an audio version as a podcast on our usual channels.

They will premiere each week on Sunday on our YouTube channel. 

You can also listen to our podcasts on SpotifyiTunes and Google Play or by clicking the links below.

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The Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Welcome to the audio version of our videocast from the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford. We are delighted that you have joined us today for our service of Holy Eucharist. This Order of Service will guide you through the Holy Eucharist and can be found at the link below as a PDF. The Revd Dr William Lamb, the Vicar, is presiding this morning, and our preacher is the Revd Alan Ramsey, Associate Priest.

Order of Service

You can also watch the service on our YouTube channel

The Third Sunday after Trinity

On the Third Sunday after Trinity, we listen to Matthew 10.40-42, which speaks of the ministry of welcome and hospitality. The reflection is offered by the Revd Dr Will Lamb, our Vicar. The podcast is introduced by the Revd Alan Ramsey, Associate Priest.

Welcome and Opening Prayer The Revd Alan Ramsey
Hymn Come, my Way 
Reading Matthew 10.40-42 (Sally Duncan)
Organ Interlude
Sermon The Revd Dr Will Lamb
Anthem Phillips, Ave Jesus Christ
Prayers Dr Alison Le Cornu
Blessing The Revd Alan Ramsey
Organ Voluntary

St John the Baptist's Day

This podcast for St John the Baptist's Day marks the end of the Trinity Term and includes a University Sermon. It is the result of a collaboration between Magdalen College and the University Church. Prayers and readings are read by students of the University. The podcast is introduced by the Revd Dr Andrew Bowyer, the Dean of Divinity at Magdalen College, and the Revd Charlotte Bannister-Parker, an Associate Priest of St Mary's. 

Welcome and Opening Prayer The Revd Charlotte Bannister-Parker and the Revd Dr Andrew Bowyer
Hymn On this high feast day (sung by the University Church Choir)
Reading Luke 1.57-88, 80 (Emma Webber, Ripon College Cuddesdon)
Anthem Bernard Rose, Lord I have loved the habitation of thy house (Magdalen College Choir)
Sermon The Rt Revd Humphrey Southern, Principal, Ripon College Cuddesdon
Anthem Edmund Rubbra, There is a spirit (Magdalen College Choir)
Prayers Eden Smith and Kathryn King, Magdalen College
Anthem John Sheppard, Lord’s Prayer (Magdalen College Choir)
Blessing The Revd Dr Will Lamb
Voluntary, Saint-Saens, The Swan (Cellist: Minh-Quan Nguyen, Magdalen College).

The First Sunday after Trinity

 

At St Mary’s today we mark the First Sunday after Trinity with a University Sermon. The podcast is introduced by the Revd Canon Dr Judith Maltby and the gospel reading is read by Professor Jane Shaw, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Harris Manchester College. We welcome as our preacher Professor Helen King, Professor Emerita, The Open University.

Welcome and Opening Prayer The Revd Canon Dr Judith Maltby
Hymn Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Reading Matthew 7.21-29 (Professor Jane Shaw)
Organ Interlude
Sermon Professor Helen King
Anthem Harris, Faire is the Heaven
Prayers Laura Roberts and Anna Dill
Blessing The Vicar
Organ Voluntary Rheinberger, Monologue no. 2 (Opus 162)

Trinity Sunday

Today the church celebrates Trinity Sunday, which is an invitation to us to contemplate and reflect upon the mystery of the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The podcast is introduced by the Revd Alan Ramsey and the reflection is offered by the Revd Canon Dr Judith Maltby, Chaplain and Fellow, Corpus Christi College

Welcome and Opening Prayer The Revd Alan Ramsey
Hymn How shall I sing that majesty
Reading Matthew 28.16-20 (Julia Reece)
Organ Interlude
Sermon The Revd Canon Dr Judith Maltby
Anthem Sheppard, Libera nos, salva nos
Prayers Lesley Sutton
Blessing The Vicar
Organ Voluntary Josef Rheinberger, Monologue no.10 (Opus 162)

Pentecost

The Feast of Pentecost is one of the great Feasts of the Christian Year, marking the fiftieth day of Eastertide. The risen Christ leaves us not comfortless – for God gives us the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to bring comfort and consolation to a world in all its fragility and need. This podcast arises out of a collaboration between the University Church, the Cathedral and students from many Colleges of the University. The Revd Professor Simon Oliver, the Van Mildert Professor, University of Durham, will give a University Sermon. 

Welcome The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy and the Revd Dr William Lamb
Opening Prayer Professor Carol Harrison, Lady Margaret Professor
Hymn O thou who camest from above (sung by the Cathedral Singers)
Reading Acts 2.1-6 (The Revd Mia Smith, Chaplain, Hertford College)
Anthem Grayson Ives, Listen, Sweet Dove (sung by the Choir of Magdalen College)
Reading John 20.19-23 (Hannah Boron, University Church)
Organ Interlude (played by James Brown, University Church)
Sermon The Revd Professor Simon Oliver, University of Durham
Anthem Grier, My Breath Lies Quiet (sung by the Choir of Christ Church)
Prayers The Revd Clare Hayns (Chaplain, Christ Church), Thiago Alves Pinto (St Peter’s), Gianni Tam-McMillan (Christ Church), Alannah Burdess (Trinity), Tom Farlow (Oriel)
Blessing The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church
Organ Voluntary Duruflé, Choral varie sur le theme du Veni Creator (played by Steven Grahl, Christ Church)

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

The Seventh Sunday of Easter follows the Feast of the Ascension. Our celebration of Easter takes on an element of anticipation as we look forward to the Feast of Pentecost. The nine days between Ascension and Pentecost have traditionally been a period of prayer. It is from these nine days that the tradition of a ‘novena’ comes. During these days we look forward to the Kingdom of God and we seek the gift of the Spirit, who will dwell in our hearts and intercede for us ‘with sighs too deep for words’ (Romans 8.26). The podcast is introduced by the Vicar and we welcome the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, the Bishop of Oxford, to offer a reflection. He would have come this Sunday to preside at the Confirmation at the University Church. The prayers are led by two of our Confirmation candidates, Ben Hawkins and Georgiana Samoila. 

Welcome The Revd Dr William Lamb
Prayer The Collect for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
Hymn All praise to thee
Reading Acts 1.6-14 (Ana-Maria Niculcea)
Reading John 17.1-11 (Ellie Williams)
Organ Interlude
Sermon The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, the Bishop of Oxford
Anthem Croft, God is gone up
Prayers Ben Hawkins and Georgiana Samoila
Blessing The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft
Organ Voluntary Lidon, Sonata on the First Tone
    

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

This podcast is for the Sixth Sunday of Easter. We are approaching a transitional time in the Christian year as this coming Thursday is Ascension Day, which marks that point when the Risen Christ ascends into heaven. While we may imagine that the ascension accentuates a sense of distance from God, the church offers us a passage from St John’s gospel for reflection. Jesus speaks of the need ‘to abide’ - to sit tight and wait for the coming of the Advocate at Pentecost. This waiting is not passive but active - as we grow in attentiveness to God’s presence in the assurance of the love of the eternal Christ. The podcast is introduced by the Revd Canon Dr Judith Maltby and the sermon is by the Revd Alan Ramsey.

Welcome and Prayer The Revd Canon Dr Judith Maltby, Chaplain, Corpus Christi College
Hymn There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
Reading John 14.15-21 (Victoria Mort)
Organ Interlude
Sermon The Revd Alan Ramsey, Associate Priest
Anthem Duruflé, Ubi caritas et amor
Prayers The Revd Donald Reece
Blessing The Revd Canon Dr Judith Maltby, Chaplain, Corpus Christi College
Organ Voluntary Henry Heron, Cornet Voluntary

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

University Sermons have been preached at St Mary’s since the end of the thirteenth century. Each year preachers from a variety of different traditions are invited by the Vice-Chancellor to deliver sermons before the University of Oxford. This term, in response to the pandemic, the University Council has given permission for these sermons to be delivered as podcasts. These sermons provide an opportunity to hear thinkers from a range of disciplines and perspectives, drawing together the life of learning, spiritual discovery and the quest for truth. This week we will listen to the Commemoration Day Sermon, when the University remembers the generosity of its benefactors. We welcome as our preacher a close friend and neighbour, the Revd Canon Dr Peter Groves. Peter is the Vicar of the Church of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford, and a Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College. The prayers and readings are led by students who worship at the University Church. The podcast is introduced by the Vicar. 

Welcome The Revd Dr William Lamb, Vicar
Prayer The Collect for the Fifth Sunday of Easter
Hymn This joyful Eastertide
Reading John 14.1-14 (Laura Roberts)
Organ Interlude
Sermon The Revd Canon Dr Peter Groves
Anthem Byrd, Alleluia. Cognoverunt discipuli
Prayers Stephen Maughan and Annie Calderbank
Blessing The Revd Charlotte Bannister Parker, Associate Priest
Organ Voluntary William Boyce, Voluntary in A Minor

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

On the Fourth Sunday of Easter, the gospel reading comes from John 10. This passage describes Jesus as a shepherd. It is an image with Messianic overtones, drawing on Psalm 23 ‘The Lord is my shepherd’ and the shepherd ‘who will look after my sheep’ in Ezekiel 34. Many of the Easter stories are characterised by confusion, mistaken identity and a failure to recognise the Risen Lord. In this meditation on Christ the good shepherd, John says that the sheep ‘hear his voice’ - just as the man born blind in John 9 responds to Jesus’ voice and is healed. Lazarus was dead four days but hears Jesus call him by name and comes from his tomb. Mary Magdalene, mourning the death of Jesus, hears Jesus call her name. She recognises his voice. This recognition is characterised by familiarity. It provokes a sense of safety and security. It is the starting point for enabling us to discover life in all its fulness. But this gospel story also provokes in us a question: where do we recognise the authentic voice of God today? In this podcast, we will listen to a reflection by Erica Longfellow, Dean of Divinity and Chaplain of New College. The podcast is introduced by Alan Ramsey, Associate Priest.

Welcome The Revd Alan Ramsey, Associate Priest
Prayer The Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
Hymn Now is eternal life
Reading John 10.1-10 (Peter McMullin)
Organ Interlude
Sermon The Revd Dr Erica Longfellow, Dean of Divinity, New College
Anthem Lassus, Agnus Dei (Missa Qual Donna)
Prayers Mary Lean
Blessing The Revd Dr William Lamb, Vicar
Organ Voluntary Stanley, Allegro from Voluntary in G minor (Opus 5 no. 9)

The Third Sunday of Easter

On the Third Sunday of Easter, we continue to engage through the gospels with accounts of the Risen Christ. This Sunday is Luke’s long and carefully crafted story of Jesus encounter with two disciples on the road to Emmaus. The podcast is introduced by the Revd Canon Dr Judith Maltby, Chaplain of Corpus Christi College, and the reflection is offered by the Revd Susannah Reide, Chaplain of Harris Manchester College. 

Welcome The Revd Dr Judith Maltby, Chaplain, Corpus Christi College
Prayer The Collect for the Third Sunday of Easter
Hymn Now the green blade riseth
Reading Luke 24.13-35 (Anna Dill)
Organ Interlude
Sermon The Revd Susannah Reide, Chaplain, Harris Manchester College
Anthem Byrd, O sacrum convivium
Prayers Hugh Conway-Morris
Blessing The Revd Dr William Lamb, Vicar
Organ Voluntary Mendelssohn, Prelude no.2 in G major (Opus 37)

The Second Sunday of Easter

The gospel readings during the season of Easter offer us a series of resurrection appearances. On Easter Day, we read John’s account of Mary Magdalene’s encounter with the risen Lord. Today, it is the turn of Thomas. When John speaks of the grief of Mary Magdalene, the fear of the disciples, and the doubt of Thomas, he is making the point that the resurrection transforms every aspect of our lives — our sorrows, our fears and our doubts. In this podcast, we will hear a reflection by the Revd Charlotte Bannister-Parker, an Associate Priest of the University Church.

Welcome The Revd Dr William Lamb, Vicar
Prayer The Collect for the Second Sunday of Easter
Hymn Thine be the Glory
Reading John 20.19-31 (Anne Pearsall)
Organ Interlude
Sermon The Revd Charlotte Bannister-Parker, Associate Priest
Anthem Bairstow, Psalm 114
Prayers Margaret Chaundy
Blessing The Revd Dr William Lamb, Vicar
Organ Voluntary Mendelssohn, Fugue no. 3 in D minor (Opus 37)

The sound quality may be uneven as participants have recorded the different elements of the podcast themselves.

Easter Sunday

Easter Day is one of the great celebrations at St Mary’s. At the beginning of our Easter Day service, ‘new fire’ struck from flint is enkindled and blessed. From this new fire the Paschal Candle will be lit. The marvellous Exsultet is then sung, proclaiming the full meaning of the Easter mystery. Candles are lit. The whole church is filled with light. We celebrate the Eucharist together, ringing bells and clashing cymbals as the Gloria begins, and then our whole celebration of the Eucharist culminates in the singing of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. In this podcast, we listen to the Exsultet, sung by Esther Brazil, and the gospel appointed for Easter Day: John 20.1-18 read by Julia Hollander. 

Welcome The Revd Dr William Lamb, Vicar
Prayer The Collect for Easter Day (The Revd Alan Ramsey)
Hymn Jesus Christ is risen today
Reading John 20.1-18 (Julia Hollander)
Organ Interlude
Sermon The Revd Dr William Lamb, Vicar
Anthem Wood, Easter Carol
Prayers Louise Jarvis
Blessing The Revd Alan Ramsey, Associate Priest
Organ Voluntary Mendelssohn, Prelude no. 1 in C minor (Opus 37)

The sound quality may be uneven as participants have recorded the different elements of the podcast themselves.

Good Friday

Good Friday is a sombre occasion in the life of the Christian Church, when we recall and relive the events of the day when Christ was tried, tortured, executed on a cross, and buried in a tomb. It is important to remember that Good Friday is not simply the anniversary of a past event. Although we cannot gather in church today for the Stations of the Cross, the Three Hours, and the Liturgy of Good Friday, these prayers, readings and reflections are designed to enable us to enter more deeply into the mystery of what Christ has done for us and continues to do for us. The reflection is provided by the Revd Canon Dr Judith Maltby, an Associate Priest of the University Church and the Chaplain of Corpus Christi College. 

Welcome The Revd Dr William Lamb, Vicar
Prayer The Collect for Good Friday
Hymn My Song is Love Unknown
Reading Mark 15.25-47 (Janet Greenland)
Organ Interlude
Poem ‘Holy Week’, Vasser Miller (1924-1998) (Tim Glover)

Sermon The Revd Canon Dr Judith Maltby, Chaplain, Corpus Christi College
Anthem During, vos omnes  

Prayers The Revd Dr William Lamb, Vicar
Organ Voluntary J S Bach, Herzlich tut mich verlangen

The sound quality may be uneven as participants have recorded the different elements of the podcast themselves.

Maundy Thursday

The Gospel reading appointed for Maundy Thursday is John’s account of the last Supper, when he records that Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and gave to his disciples a new commandment (Mandatum) that they may love one another. Today, although we cannot share in the Eucharist together, we also pray for those who are called to imitate Christ’s loving service: for some, such as healthcare workers, that may involve caring for the sick or offering practical assistance to those who are self-isolating, for others, it may mean social distancing. The Revd Dr Will Lamb will offer a reflection on this story as we are drawn into the Easter mystery. Maundy Thursday marks the beginning of the Triduum, the great three days, when we are drawn into the heart of the Christian faith. 

Welcome The Revd Canon Dr Judith Maltby, Chaplain, Corpus Christi College
Hymn Thee we adore
Reading John 13.1-17, 31b-35 (Laura White)
Organ Interlude
Sermon The Revd Dr William Lamb, Vicar
Anthem Byrd, Ave Verum Corpus  
Prayers Matthew Hiscock
Dismissal The Revd Canon Dr Judith Maltby, Chaplain, Corpus Christi College
Organ Voluntary Leighton, Fantasy on St Columba

The sound quality may be uneven as participants have recorded the different elements of the podcast themselves.

Palm Sunday

The Gospel reading appointed for Palm Sunday records Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matthew 21.1-11). It marks the beginning of Holy Week as we journey with Christ to Calvary. Christ enters his own city to complete his work as our Saviour, to suffer, to die and to rise again. The Revd Alan Ramsey offers a reflection on this story, as we prepare for the Triduum, the period of three days which precedes Easter Day and which will be marked by further podcasts on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day. 

Welcome The Revd Dr William Lamb, Vicar, including a brief reading by Jenyth Worsley
Prayer The Collect for Palm Sunday
Hymn All glory, laud and honour
Reading Matthew 21.1-11 (Mary Lewis)
Organ Interlude
Sermon The Revd Alan Ramsey, Associate Priest
Anthem Victoria, Pueri Hebraeorum  
Prayers John Olson
Blessing The Revd Dr William Lamb, Vicar
Organ Voluntary Kenneth Leighton, Rockingham

The sound quality may be uneven as participants have recorded the different elements of the podcast themselves.

The Fifth Sunday of Lent

The Gospel reading appointed for the Fifth Sunday of Lent is the story of the raising of Lazarus in John 11. As we reflect on this story, the church begins the season of Passiontide and our thoughts begin to turn to the story of Christ's Passion. Intriguingly, John introduces his account of Christ's passion with a story of resurrection. Weaving together narratives of death and new life, John invites us to share in a more profound understanding of God's glory.  

Welcome The Revd Charlotte Bannister-Parker, Associate Priest
Prayer The Collect for the Fifth Sunday of Lent
Hymn O sacred head, sore wounded
Reading John 11.1-45 (Professor Elisabeth Dutton)
Organ Interlude
Sermon The Revd Dr William Lamb, Vicar
Anthem Farrant, Hide not thou thy face  
Prayers Alice Willington
Blessing The Revd Dr William Lamb, Vicar
Organ Voluntary Ode Kenneth Leighton

The sound quality may be uneven as participants have recorded the different elements of the podcast themselves.

The Fourth Sunday of Lent

The Gospel reading appointed for the Fourth Sunday of Lent is the story of the man born blind in John 9. It is a long reading, but it recounts a series of encounters with characters on and off stage. It is a story which helps us to reflect on distance and presence, on encounter and relationship. The podcast ends with prayers for all those affected by Covid-19 and those seeking to provide care and support.

Welcome The Revd Dr William Lamb, Vicar
Prayer The Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Lent
Anthem Tallis, God, grant with grace
Reading John 9 (Dr Sarah Mortimer)
Sermon The Revd Dr Judith Maltby, Chaplain, Corpus Christi College
Anthem Parsons, Ave Maria
Prayers John Olson
Organ Voluntary William Boyce, Voluntary No 1 in D

The sound quality may be uneven as participants have recorded the different elements of the podcast themselves.