The snake and the cross

Clergy in the diocese were on retreat for two days at the beginning of the week, and we gathered with the Bishop for a period of silence which concluded with the renewal of our ordination vows and the blessing of the oils of healing and Chrism for the coming year. To aid our reflection, we […]

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Live This Way

Third Sunday in Lent Exodus 20:1-17; Ps 19; 1 Cor 1:18-25; John 2: 13-22 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister, ODM This week, a devastating scene unfolded in Gaza — one of so many others.  As conditions approached mass starvation, a large convoy of food trucks entered Gaza City. It was actually the second convoy; the […]

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The time has come?

240317 Lent 5 Jeremiah 31:31-34 – PSALM 119.9-16 – Hebrews 5:5-10 – John 12:20-33 ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be Glorified’ It was obvious that something was afoot when some strangers from Greece, who were in Jerusalem at the time of the Passover, asked to see Jesus. True, they could […]

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Finding a Way to Go Forward in Faith

The Second Sunday of Lent Genesis 17:1-7,15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38 The Venerable Ralph Leavitt, Honorary Associate Priest Isn’t it amazing how life can change in an instant! It seems to me that this week’s readings speak loudly not only of how peoples’ lives can change dramatically, but also of how people, in […]

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The Divine Rainbow

240107 Epiphany 3 Genesis 9:8-17– Ps 25.1-9 – 1 Peter 3:18-22– Marc 1:9-15 “This (rainbow) is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.” (Gen 9.17) Rainbows have a powerful effect on us. Even though we know that they result from the diffraction of […]

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Desire

Ash Wednesday Isaiah 58:1-12; Ps 103:8-18; 2 Cor 5:20b-6:10; Matt 6:1-6, 16-21 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister I’m not going to say Happy Valentine’s Day! The internet is having a field day about the convergence of these two dates — the Day of Abstinence and the Day of Anything But — but I think it’s […]

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Palm Sunday

Matthew 21.1-6; Philippians 2:5-11; Psalm 31:9-16; Matthew 26:14–27:54 The news these past ten days brought into sharp relief once again the plight of those who are looking for a better life for themselves and their families, away from fear, persecution, poverty and death. First a surprise announcement of a long-discussed deal between the Canadian and […]

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You must be born of water and Spirit

The Second Sunday of Lent Gen 12:1-4a; Ps 121; Rom 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister When I was a little child, my stepfather taught me to love the ocean. He would wade into the ocean; bend down; pick up a rock, glistening with water, and then cry out, Teeny pebble, teeny pebble! […]

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You always have the poor with you?

3 April 2022 – Lent 5 Isaiah 43.16-21 – Ps 126 – Philippians 3.4b-14 – John 12.1-8 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal ‘You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me’. The world has continued to provide its share of depressing news, […]

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Doing God’s work, come what may

Lent 2 Gen 15:1-12, 17-18; Ps 27 Phil 3:17—4:1; Lk 13:31-35 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister Two years ago this week, our community did not worship together.  A new disease had come to town and we were sheltering in place, wondering what was to come. A week later, we gathered in front of our computer screens […]

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Temptation (and Pickles)

SERMON for First Sunday in Lent (March 6, 2022) Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal YouTube recording of the service The sermon begins here Temptation (and Pickles) How do we keep our balance in a world that threatens to swamp us completely?  Of course we must pay attention to the needs around […]

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