The mayor and the lion

John Gayer, a 17th century Lord Mayor of London, had a close encounter with a lion while working in Syria. He prayed, the lion left, and he gratefully endowed a sermon to be given every year thereafter.

St Katharine Cree
Diliff [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
So, if you go to the St Katharine Kree church in London at 1pm on the 16th of October of any year, you’ll hear a sermon on challenges to the Christian faith. It’s known as the “lion sermon.” Alas , you probably won’t see a lion.


2 Replies to “The mayor and the lion”

  1. Is the Lion’s Sermon still celebrated in October?
    Thank You
    Pat Stroud

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