Time to get real

The Second Sunday after Epiphany Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal “Time to get real. ” Last Sunday, Dean Bertrand pointed out the dizzying pace of our readings as we swooped from Epiphany–when the wise ones were led by a star to visit and give gifts to the baby Jesus,  to Jesus’ […]

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The King as Servant

The Reign of Christ Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal This morning we come to the end of the story of our Christian year, which is always a deep dive into one of the three synoptic Gospels, proclaimed, in a slightly different way, in each of the three years of our lectionary […]

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Psalms in a hard week

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal This has been a horrible week. Bad News flooding in from the Holy Land, from the US, and from Quebec City.  (See note 1 below). As one of my friends said yesterday, “It makes my problems look a lot smaller.”  Problems that […]

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Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Third Sunday after Pentecost Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal This morning we started out by singing what to me is a completely familiar hymn. The version I learned starts out, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise him all creatures here below.”  It used to be called Old 100th or […]

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Ascension Sunday Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal In the very early days of the church, the earliest days, Easter … the celebration of the Resurrection… lasted for 50 days. During this whole season, there was no fasting and no kneeling at the corporate prayers, according to Dom Gregory Dix (note 1).  […]

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Jesus expands the call to choose life

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal The Gospel reading for today is a pretty hard one, isn’t it?  And we have already had a hard week, whether or not we watched the news much. The earthquake in Turkey and Syria continues to take a toll of lost lives.  […]

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All my soul desires

“All my soul desires”/ The Naming of Jesus Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal Each one of our four readings this morning spins around the name of God—God’s power and identity.  God’s name in this case means God’s own self.  So that when Jesus is born, comes in human flesh as Bertrand […]

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The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost  Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal This week, some of us met for our monthly “meditation class” on Tuesday morning, in this Cathedral in the chapel of the Reserved Sacrament.  It’s a chance to share an experience of meditation, not a lecture.  I look forward to it.  […]

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Baptism: A tool kit for life

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal This morning we gather to welcome Étienne as a member of Christ, in Holy Baptism. It’s the start of joyful and lifelong instruction and growth, rooted in Christ and supported not just by us here in this place, but by all […]

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Your life is being demanded of you

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Lections for today: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23; Psalm 49:1-12; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21 Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal “I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.” May I speak in the name of the […]

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Temptation (and Pickles)

SERMON for First Sunday in Lent (March 6, 2022) Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal YouTube recording of the service The sermon begins here Temptation (and Pickles) How do we keep our balance in a world that threatens to swamp us completely?  Of course we must pay attention to the needs around […]

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