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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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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Washing the feet of the betrayer

Maundy Thursday 2021 Exodus 12:1-14, PSALM 116:1, 10-17, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31b-35 As we have been following the days of Holy Week since Palm Sunday, and what is often described as the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, we know that the mood has been subtly changing. We already had a sense that […]

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We wish to see Jesus

Lent 5 Heb 5.5-10 – Psalm 119.9-16 John 12.20-33 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus’ It was obvious that something was afoot when even some strangers from Greece, who had travelled to Jerusalem for the Passover, asked to see Jesus. True, they […]

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Today, we remember that we are dust

Ash Wednesday Joel 2.1-2, 12-17; Psalm 103.8-18; 2 Cor 5.20b – 6.10; Matthew 6.1-6, 16-21 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal ‘For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also’ It was lovely to see some of you yesterday at our Mardi Gras online gathering, to […]

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God of Creation

Epiphany 5 Isaiah 40.21-31 – Mark 1.29-39 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal Another week when we have received unwelcome yet not unanticipated news, and as we have to contend with constraints on our life which seem interminable. Thankfully we had some good blue sky and sun as […]

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The Baptism of Christ Gen 1.1-5 – Ps 29 – Acts 19.1-7 -Marc 1.4-11 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal It was incredible. Crowds were running from all over to listen to him speak, promising them a new beginning. Word of mouth had worked well and they had […]

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