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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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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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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Fishing for God?

Epiphany 3: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 – – Ps 62: 6-14 – 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 – Mark 1:14-20 “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” When I was a child, I would occasionally accompany my grandfather when he set out for an afternoon of fishing.  We would drive a few kilometres into the […]

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As we remember and re-commit to peace

Remembrance Revelation 21:1-7- Psalm 23 – John 15:9-17 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector This summer, I completed a project which I had started a few years ago.  When I was a child, one of our morning routines on days off was to go and wake up my mother with a cup of […]

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Rethinking saints

All Saints Revelation 7:9-17- Psalm 34.1-10- 1 John 3:1-3– Matthew 5.1-12 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector ‘When he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.’ Today, we are celebrating the Feast of All Saints – we have already sung familiar hymns of the season, […]

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Changing our ways

Pentecost 15 Ezekiel 33:7-11- Psalm 119:33-40- Romans 13:8-14 – Matthew 18.15-20 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector ‘Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.’ Well, it is good to be here on Welcome Back Sunday – the day in the calendar when most people are […]

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Leave the boat, brave the storm

Pentecost 11 1 Kings 19:9-18 – Psalm 85:8-13 – Romans 10:5-15 – Matthew 14.22-33 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector  Today is the last day of Pride Week in Montreal, and culminates in the March which will take place this afternoon, and in which a group from the cathedral will take part, as […]

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A sign of Divine Love

Pride – La Fierté Isaiah 43.1-5 – Luke 4.16-21 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector Good to be here today.  Thank you to all who are contributing to the service – Ganymede, the choir, etc. And thank you to Tatenda and Ian for your powerful testimony. There are not many cities that have […]

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The pilgrimage of life

Pentecost 6 Zechariah 9:9-12 – Psalm 145:8-14 – Romans 7:15-25a – Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 It is good to be back after a couple of weeks away visiting my mother in Bordeaux and also taking some time to find quietness and beauty in the Pyrenees on the border between France and Spain, taking the opportunity of […]

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Pentecost 8 – 23 July 2023

Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16-19 – Psalm 139 – Romans 8:12-25 – Matthew 13.24-30; 36-43 Anyone who has been looking at our lawn on the cathedral side on Av. Union will have been wondering what is going on. As the construction zone dedicated to the restoration of our spire finally moved out, new fences were […]

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