Read the Rev. Dr. A. Leonard Griffith's Sermon From the Chapel's 100th Anniversary
Friday December 2nd, 2011
Rev. Dr. A. Leonard Griffith
On November 16,2011 the Rev. Dr. A. Leonard Griffith preached in Founder's Chapel at the celebration of its 100th Anniversary. An excerpt from his sermon can be read below:
"The Chapel is 100 years old, but Wycliffe itself is older. I remember the 100th Anniversary in 1977 celebrated at a Sunday evening service in St. Paul’s Bloor Street. The preacher on that occasion was Donald Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was once a member of the Wycliffe faculty. Among the alumni, who came from afar, was Archdeacon Swanson, formerly Rector of St. Paul’s, who preached at the morning service. Referring to the college, he said, “It’s not such a great achievement to be 100 years old. Eight years from now shall be there myself”. A few of us here could echo those words.
The Wycliffe family circles the earth and reaches to heaven, and the chapel holds memories for all of us. Looking back over its history, we think of the baptisms, ordinations, weddings and funerals which have happened within these walls, the distinguished preachers who have graced the pulpit. I have listened to some of them and to my students week after week when I taught Homiletics. Think of the generations of students and faculty who have worshipped God in this sacred place, the spiritual centre of the college, the beating heart that gives life to all else. As an honorary alumnus, I envy the men and women who have fond memories of the years when they studied at Wycliffe and I recognize the centrality of this chapel in their preparation for the ministry."
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