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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Serving Your Divine King

Sermon for Reign of Christ Eph 1:15-23 – Psalm 95.1-7a – Mat 25.31-46 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal I experienced a sense of dèjà vu as I was preparing this sermon and mulling over the texts set for today. Thinking of monarchy chimed in my head with […]

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Bearing God’s image

201018 – Sermon for Pentecost 20 Year A Isaiah 45.1-7 – Psalm 96 – 1 Thess 1.1-10 – Matthew 22.15-22 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal ‘Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s As I approach […]

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The Unconditional Grace of God

The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost Philippians 1.21-30 – Matthew 20.1-16   The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal ‘Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you’ If there is something that super activists and driven people, […]

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A time of rest and reflection

Sermon for July 5, Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Romans 7.15-25a – Matthew 11.16-19, 25-30 Sermon on Facebook The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. The days are long, the sun […]

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Footprints of the Living Stones

Sermon for Easter 5 Video on Facebook The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean of Montreal and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral ‘…like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.’ When I was starting to explore my call […]

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