Excellent, thoughtful preaching is a hallmark of the Cathedral’s liturgical life.

We believe very strongly in the word of God as dynamic and engaging—a word meant to transform us in profound ways. Reading sermons, praying or meditating with them, sharing and talking about them can all be ways of deepening your faith.

The Cathedral’s preachers include its regular clergy and also lay people and occasional visitors. Here, you will find links to sermons preached throughout the liturgical year. You can read texts of sermons, listen to them, or do both at once.


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I Love You Best

Baptism of Our Lord 9 January, 2022 Isaiah 43:1-7;  Psalm 29 Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister, ODM My grandmother Sheba lived into her name. Like the Queen of old, she was a huge and vibrant spirit, unconstrained by convention, who loved lavishly, traveled widely, asked awkward questions, learned voraciously.  She had […]

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Light is what Epiphany is all about

Epiphany – January 2, 2022 The Venerable Ralph Leavitt, Honorary Associate Priest YouTube recording  When I started this sermon I wrote “Well, we made it through. The darkest day of the year is behind us now, and the light each day is increasing. Light is what Epiphany is all about. Manifestation of light.” And then suddenly […]

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The Subtle Presence of God

First Sunday after Christmas Luke 2: 41-52 The Rev’d Jen Bourque YouTube recording of the service – sermon   Several years ago, before I became a parent, a friend, a Roman Catholic priest, told me he was preaching on the seven sorrows of Mary and particularly this story, of Jesus being lost in the temple.  […]

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Emmanuel – God among us

Christmas Day 2021 The People who walked in darkness have seen a great light. The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal YouTube recording of the service – sermon begins at 28:32 A study at Liverpool Cathedral in England has just been published which shows that attending Christmas services has a […]

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How shall we mend it, my dear?

Christmas Eve, 2021 Isaiah 9:2-7; Ps 96 Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2: 1-20 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister YouTube recording of the service – sermon starts at 31:15 “And Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger.” (Luke 2:7) This is not the Christmas we were longing […]

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Rejoice!

Advent 3 Zephaniah 3:14-20; Canticle 9; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver YouTube recording of the service – the sermon begins at 26:00 Today, the third Sunday of Advent, is a day for joy.  It is in fact traditionally called in Latin Gaudete Sunday, Gaudete – or rejoice – the first word […]

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Refined by Love

Advent 2 Mal 3:1-4; Benedictus Phil 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6a The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister YouTube recording of the service – sermon begins at 24:49 Retournez à Montreal! Retournez à Montreal! Go back to Montreal! Go back to Montreal! Those words broke my heart this week when I heard them on my car radio.  They were part […]

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Time for Revelation

Advent 1 Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal YouTube recording of the service – Vivian’s sermon starts at 23:40 Happy New Year, my friends. Perhaps you were downtown yesterday. If you were, you would have seen a lot of people shopping. A handful of us were in this building for a Quiet Day, […]

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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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Read, Mark, Learn, and Inwardly Digest

The Twenty Fourth Sunday After Pentecost The Venerable Ralph Leavitt, Honorary Associate Priest YouTube recording of the service –Ralph ’s sermon starts at 19:40 This morning I want to talk about perhaps the most famous prayer in the Anglican Church. And that is the Collect we just prayed. Eternal God, who caused all holy scriptures to be […]

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God is not done with you yet

All Saints Sunday Wis 3:1-9; Ps 24 Rev 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister YouTube recording of the service. The sermon begins around 29:00 One hundred three years ago, a child was born into conditions of great injustice. Although he was living in his own land, his people knew no freedom. The boy grew, […]

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Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal YouTube recording of the service. The sermon begins at  18:30… I need to tell you, my friends, before I get into the nitty gritty of this sermon, that I’m a member of the Cathedral’s Stewardship Committee. This is not, strictly speaking, […]

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