Guiding Stars

The Epiphany of the Lord Isaiah 60.1-6 – Psalm 72.1-7, 10-14 – Eph 3.1-12 – Matt 2.1-12 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector It is good to be here and celebrate the feast of the Epiphany, and especially to welcome Bishop Mary back at the Cathedral after her sabbatical period.  It is also […]

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Advent 3 Isaiah 35.1-10 – Magnificat – James 5.7-10 – Matthew 11.2-11 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ Well, we are now halfway through advent.  This third Sunday, is known as “Gaudete” or “Rejoice” Sunday, because of the […]

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Contributing to God’s mission

Reign of Christ Jeremiah 23:1-6 – Psalm 46 – Colossians 1:11-20 – Luke 23:33-43 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector It is good to be here together today as we celebrate the the feast of Christ the King, or the Reign of Christ, the day when we specially celebrate our Cathedral bearing his […]

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Embodying God’s Love Through Action

All Saints Luke 6: 20-31 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector Last weekend, a small group from the Cathedral spent some time on retreat at the Cistercian Abbey of Rougemont, in Montérégie.  Rougemont is known as the capital of apples, and we were able to enjoy the vast orchards surrounding the Abbey and […]

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Answering the call

The Feast of  St. Francis of Assisi The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector Twenty five years ago, on St Francis day, I and a group of sixteen deacons left the Southwark Diocese retreat house, in the hilly countryside of south London, England, near Gatwick airport. We had been there on retreat before our […]

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The Season of Creation

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Exodus 32:7-14 – PSALM 51:1-11– 1 Timothy 1:12-17 – Luke 15:1-10 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. It is good to be here, […]

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Faith is …

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 15.1-6 – Psalm 33.12-22 – Hebrews 11.1-3, 8-16 – Luke 12.32-40 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector YouTube: https://youtu.be/2JU_47kjTio?t=1471 ‘All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them.’ (Heb 11.10) In the past two weeks, we have […]

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Opportunities to Meet God

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 18:1-10a – Psalm 15 – Colossians 1:15-28 – Luke 10:38-42 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector ‘Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her’ It’s good to be back after a few weeks away. As some of you will know, I […]

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Conversations that matter

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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