Sermons from the National Cathedral
Sermon by the Rev. Canon Rosemarie Logan Duncan

Sermon by the Rev. Canon Rosemarie Logan Duncan

February 7, 2020

“On this first Sunday in Black History month, I am reminded that those enslaved, those who lived under segregation, legal discrimination and Jim Crow waited in hope, much like Simeon for the consolation, for the end of suffering and sorrow and for the promise for the light to shine in what were some of the darkest times in our shared national life.”

The Rev. Canon Rose Duncan preached on the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, encouraging us to take inspiration from Simeon and Anna, who waited in hope and trusted God’s promises.

Sermon date: February 2, 2020

Sermon by the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith

Sermon by the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith

February 7, 2020

"Believing is important, but it is not discipleship."

Dean Randy Hollerith preached this Sunday on the value of Christianity as a living faith.

Sermon date: January 26, 2020

Sermon by Martin Luther King III

Sermon by Martin Luther King III

February 7, 2020

“We must stand together for religious tolerance and religious freedom and be a part of a new global united front against racism and bigotry in order to affirm our desire for a world where all people are equal in dignity and rights.”

Martin Luther King III spoke from the same pulpit his father delivered his last Sunday sermon in 1968, speaking about seeking justice, confronting oppression and the love that God calls us all to embrace.

Sermon date: January 19, 2020

Sermon by the Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

Sermon by the Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

February 7, 2020

“When we commit ourselves as followers of Christ, something in us should change. We should be different.”

One the First Sunday after Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord, Provost Jan Naylor Cope compares baptism to a commissioning and a sacramental initiation into a lifelong journey of faith.

Sermon date: Jan. 12, 2020

Sermon by the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith

Sermon by the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith

January 9, 2020

“Do we ever think about the need we have to grow in our faith? The spiritual journey is never finished, no matter how old we are. When was the last time you read a book or took a class intended to strengthen your spiritual life?”

Dean Randy Hollerith preaches from Luke’s Gospel, reminding us that not even Jesus came into the world fully formed, and challenging us to take time for ourselves and God this new year.

Sermon date: January 5, 2020 

Sermon by the Rev. Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr.

Sermon by the Rev. Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr.

January 9, 2020

What comes next?

That's what Canon Missioner Leonard Hamlin, Sr. is wondering in the shadow of Christmas. And it all revolves around the miraculous belief that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

"We ought to go from here, turning the world upside because we realize that what some call ridiculous God is doing inside the miraculous."

Sermon date: December 29, 2019

Sermon by the Rev. Canon Rosemarie Logan Duncan

Sermon by the Rev. Canon Rosemarie Logan Duncan

January 9, 2020

“If our lives are messy, full of tough decisions and awkward moments, we can take heart and know that God has been there before.”

On the Fourth Sunday in Advent, the Rev. Canon Rose Duncan preached about Joseph’s faith, embracing new dreams and knowing that God is with us.

Sermon date: December 22, 2019

Sermon by the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry

Sermon by the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry

January 9, 2020

Can we have hope?

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church preaches on faith, trust and the source of all true love.

Sermon date: December 15, 2019

Sermon by the Rev. Canon Dana Colley Corsello

Sermon by the Rev. Canon Dana Colley Corsello

December 23, 2019

Although we may be tempted to binge-watch Hallmark Christmas movies, the Rev. Canon Dana Colley Corsello challenges us to break away from our formulaic expectations about how Christmas should unfold.

Sermon date: December 8, 2019

Sermon by the Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

Sermon by the Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope

December 23, 2019

"Jesus is coming! Look busy!"

Provost Jan Naylor Cope says it's more than a bumpersticker slogan, but something to think about as we journey through Advent toward Christmas.

"Keep awake. Look around you! We may not know the day or the hour, but Christ is coming. And how we live our lives in the meantime matters."

Sermon date: December 1, 2019