St Bene't's Church is the oldest building in Cambridge.

St Bene't's Church is the oldest building in Cambridge.

A special university sermon will be delivered on Tuesday 25 April at 11.45 a.m., in St Bene't's Church.

Professor William Horbury, Fellow of Corpus Christi College and Professor of Jewish and Early Christian Studies in the University of Cambridge, will Preach at the Commemoration of John Mere.

John Mere was an Esquire Bedell and later Registrary (1543-1558) of the University, and died on 13 April 1558. He left the University property in St Benedict's Parish, part of the income of which was to pay for an annual Sermon during Easter week, a tradition which has continued without interruption ever since. The Sermon is preceded by a reverent visit to Mere's tomb, which is just outside the Church door.

Later during the Easter term, there will be two further university services: Dr Grace Davie, Lecturer in Sociology in the University of Exeter, will preach on Sunday 7 May; and the Revd Dr Aylward Shorter, Principal of Tangaza College, Nairobi, will deliver the Ramsden Sermon on Sunday 21 May. These sermons will be delivered in Great St Mary's Church at 11.15 a.m., and all are welcome to attend.

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