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The Lion Sermon

Sir John Gayer, a merchant and sometime Lord Mayor of London, was once travelling in the Syrian desert and came across a lion. Terrified he would be attacked, Sir John cried out to God for rescue - and the lion left him alone. In grateful thanks for his safety, on his return Sir John gave money to the parish of St Katharine Cree for the benefit of the poor and for the preaching of an annual sermon - the 'Lion Sermon'.

Each year, a sermon is preached on the theme of facing challenges with the help of God.

The 374th Lion Sermon will be given at a Choral Evensong at 6pm on Thursday 12th October 2023 followed by a drinks reception.

The 373rd Lion Sermon was given on 13th October 2022 by the Rev'd Josh Harris, the Priest-in-Charge of St Katharine Cree, about the new chapter of ministry in this church.

The 2022 Lion Sermon can be downloaded here.

The order of service for the 2022 Lion Sermon service is available to download here.


The 372nd Lion Sermon was given in October 2021 by the Rev'd Prebendary Richard Springer, the Rector of St George-in-the-East in Shadwell and Director of the Urban Leadership School at the Centre for Theology and Community (CTC).

A copy of his sermon can be downloaded here:

The 2021 Lion Sermon


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