The Lion Sermon – Thursday 18 October 2012 at 1pm
(Last Updated: 01-10-2012)
The Lion Sermon at St Katharine Cree is a City tradition going back to the middle of the 17th century and commemorates the deliverance of the merchant (later Lord Mayor) Sir John Gayer from a lion in the Middle East. It is customary for this annual sermon to have as its topic the examination of challenges to Christian faith – faith in “the lions’ den”.
We are delighted to be able to announce that this year's Lion Sermon is to be delivered by The Revd Mark Oakley, who is Canon Treasurer of St Paul’s Cathedral and, as such, has responsibility for the fabric and collections of St Paul’s. He is also charged with the development of the cathedral’s programme for the visual arts.
Canon Oakley’s first appointment after his ordination in 1993 was as Curate of St John’s Wood Church (1993-6). He was then appointed Chaplain to the Bishop of London (1996-2000) and, after that, as Rector of St Paul’s, Covent Garden, known as "the Actors’ church” (2000-5). He was also Chaplain at RADA from 2003 to 2005 and was subsequently invited to take up appointment as Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe, based in Copenhagen. Returning to London in 2008 he served at Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, before being appointed to St Paul’s. He is also a Deputy Priest in Ordinary to HM the Queen (1996-). Canon Oakley is known as a lucid and engaging speaker and writer and is the author of The Collage of God (2001) as well as of various anthologies, articles and reviews, usually in the areas of faith, poetry and literature.