Spital Sermons a title of two sermons annually preached on Easter Monday and Tuesday before the lord mayor and sheriffs at Christ Church, Newgate Street, London. The sermon on the former of the two days is preached by a bishop; that on the latter by the chaplain to the lord mayor, or some other clergyman whom he appoints. The Spital Sermons were originally preached at a pulpit cross, erected in the churchyard of "The Spittle," or Hospital of St. Mary, in the parish of St. Botolph, Bishopsgate. See Stow's London (Strype's ed.), 2, 98.