230507 Easter 5 A EN Alleluia, Christ is Risen.  The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia. ‘Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.’ (1 Pet. 2-10). Since Easter, we have tried to incorporate some reflections on the sacraments of […]

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Great Easter Vigil 2023

Alleluia, Christ is Risen.  The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia. Well, what a week.  After the joyful procession of Palm Sunday from Phillips Square on Sunday, it felt like Montreal embraced the spirit of despair of Holy Week as freezing rain turned the early indications of the arrival of spring into a week of darkness […]

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Palm Sunday

Matthew 21.1-6; Philippians 2:5-11; Psalm 31:9-16; Matthew 26:14–27:54 The news these past ten days brought into sharp relief once again the plight of those who are looking for a better life for themselves and their families, away from fear, persecution, poverty and death. First a surprise announcement of a long-discussed deal between the Canadian and […]

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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  Acts 9.36-43 – Psalm 23 – Rev 7.9-17 – John 10:22-30 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector 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 […]

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