Sheep without Shepherds

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal Well, Jeremiah, if shepherds can be so iffy, who needs them anyway? I was not quite thirty when I made my first trip to the UK. We were backpackers, staying in youth hostels and bed & breakfasts chosen from the Ramblers guidebook, […]

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The Divine Plumb Line

Pentecost 7 Amos 7:7-15; Ps 85:8-13; Ephesians 1:3-14—5:1, Mark 3:20-35 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal Summer is gently unfolding, and the sun seems to be returning to this part of Canada. And after an unexpected year of continuing uncertainty and change, improvements in the overall Covid situation […]

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Not At All What I Expected

Pentecost 6 Mark 6: 1- 13 The Venerable Ralph Leavitt I speak to you in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. “Well”, I thought to myself, “This is not at all what I expected. Not at all”. I am sure you can relate to this expression. Whatever the circumstance, you had […]

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Breaking the cages

Pentecost 5 Lam 3:22-33; Ps 30 2 Cor 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43 Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister “There was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years. She had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.” (Mark 5:25-26) You gotta […]

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Planting Your Mustard Seed

Pentecost 3 Readings for Pentecost 3 The Venerable Ralph Leavitt I speak to you in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. First of all, I want to tell you something that confronts every preacher. And that of course is the scripture! Every Sunday we have three readings and the […]

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Sinning against the Holy Spirit

Pentecost 2 40th anniversary of Bishop Mary’s ordination to the Diaconate Gen 3:8-15; Ps 130; 2 Cor 4:13—5:1, Mark 3:20-35 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal ‘If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will […]

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Dancing Wounded

Trinity Sunday Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister During my time in seminary, I had the opportunity to join a seminarians’ trip to England. The itinerary was idiosyncratic: the student who organized it made sure that, in addition to visiting cathedrals and meeting dignitaries, we would visit every single […]

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The gift of God’s Spirit

Pentecost Acts 2.1-21, Psalm 104.25-35, 37, Romans 8.22-27, John 15.26-27, 16.4b-15 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector From psalm 104: ‘All of them look to you to give them their food in due season. You give it to them, they gather it; you open your hand and they are filled with good things. […]

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Loving Christ in all things

The Sixth Sunday of Easter Acts 10:44-48; Ps 98 1 John 5:1-6; John 15: 9-17 The Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister   I don’t tend to think of myself as a particularly jingoistic person, but I will go to the mat for the claim that the Book of Common Prayer approved by the Episcopal Church, USA, […]

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Healing of Memories

Homily preached by Father Michael Lapsley, SSM Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal Canada May, 2, 2021 The Fifth Sunday of Eastertide In the name of God who is Creator, Redeemer and Life Giver. Amen Good morning Church, members of the beloved community. May I begin by honouring the first nations who first walked the sacred lands […]

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