The Spital Sermon

An earlier Spital Sermon.jpg

The annual “Spital Sermon”, on the theme of “The Spread Of Truth”, will take place today in the church of St Lawrence Jewry, with the Lord Mayor, the Court of Aldermen, the Common Councilmen, the Governors of the Bridewell and Christ’s Hospitals, and pupils from Christ’s Hospital School  in attendance (it takes place today so as to coincide with a meeting of the Court of Common Council in the nearby Guildhall).

The sermon has been preached every year since the late fourteenth century by a bishop invited by the mayor:  formerly at the open-air pulpit at St Mary Spital in Spitalfields; subsequently, after the pulpit was destroyed during the Civil War,  at St Bride Fleet Street and Christ Church Newgate Street; and latterly, after Christ Church was damaged during the  Second World War, at St Lawrence.  Its original purpose was to raise awareness of, and donations and bequests to, the Spital, which was founded in 1197 for the care of the sick.

 

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