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Easter 4 7/5/22 Acts 9.36-43 – Psalm 23 – Rev 7.9-17 – John 10:22-30 I have had the privilege and joy to attend the North American Deans conference in Sacramento, California, last weekend, the first time my colleagues and I were able to meet together since our last meeting in early May 2019.  Our last […]

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Easter Sermon

Easter 17 April 2022 Isaiah 65:17-25 – Psalm 118:1-2, 19-24  – Acts 10: 34-43 – John 20:1-18 “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Alleluia, Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed, Alleluia. Is it not surprising that the passage in St John’s […]

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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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Epiphany Time Travel

Epiphany 2 Year C – 16 January 2022 Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:6-11; 1 Cor. 12:1-11; John 2:1-11 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector Sermon on YouTube ‘Your Love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, and your faithfulness to the clouds.’ We are all experiencing this time of pandemic in different ways, depending on […]

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Emmanuel – God among us

Christmas Day 2021 The People who walked in darkness have seen a great light. The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal YouTube recording of the service – sermon begins at 28:32 A study at Liverpool Cathedral in England has just been published which shows that attending Christmas services has a […]

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Rejoice!

Advent 3 Zephaniah 3:14-20; Canticle 9; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver YouTube recording of the service – the sermon begins at 26:00 Today, the third Sunday of Advent, is a day for joy.  It is in fact traditionally called in Latin Gaudete Sunday, Gaudete – or rejoice – the first word […]

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The Beginning of the Birthpangs

Remembrance – 14 November 2021 Daniel 12:1-3; Ps 16; Hebrews 10:11-14, 19-25, Mark 13:1-8 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver YouTube recording of the service – Bertrand’s sermon starts around 23:00 “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the […]

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Bring Love, Joy, Peace, and Justice

Thanksgiving Joel 2:21-27; Ps 126; 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Matthew 6:25-33 ‘But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’ The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver There is a real sense of joyfulness and of celebration with the first hymn we sang – ‘Come, […]

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The purpose of Christian community

Pentecost 16 Isaiah 50.4-9a; Ps 34.1-8; James 3.1-12, Mark 8.27-38 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal I am so delighted to see so many of you here in the cathedral, as well as online, as we join together in this ‘Back to the Cathedral’ Sunday. There has been […]

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Pentecost 11 1 Kings 19.4-8; Ps 34.1-8; Ephesians 4.25—5:2, John 6.35, 41-51 ‘I am the Bread of Life’ The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal I have had the privilege of doing a number of amazing and quirky things in the course of my ministry, and one of those […]

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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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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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