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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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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Who are you, Lord?

Easter 3 Acts 9:1-20; Psalm 30 Rev 5:11-14; John 21:1-19 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister, ODM Last week, the church remembered Catherine of Sienna, a fourteenth-century saint with a wild story. The youngest of 25 children, Catherine had a vision of Jesus when she was six years old and embraced a life of fasting and prayer. […]

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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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The Voice of the Crowd

Palm Sunday 2022 Luke 19:28-40; Phil 2:5-11 Psalm 31:9-16; Luke 22:14-23:56 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister, ODM Each year, it gets harder for me to hear the Passion read. When I was younger, I was able to situate it historically: as something that had happened at the time of Jesus, as something which happened from time […]

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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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Doing God’s work, come what may

Lent 2 Gen 15:1-12, 17-18; Ps 27 Phil 3:17—4:1; Lk 13:31-35 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister Two years ago this week, our community did not worship together.  A new disease had come to town and we were sheltering in place, wondering what was to come. A week later, we gathered in front of our computer screens […]

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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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Listen to Him

Last Sunday After Epiphany – February 27, 2022 Luke 9: 28-36 The Venerable Ralph Leavitt, Honorary Associate Priest YouTube recording of the service – the sermon begins at 26:10 Here we are already at the last Sunday in Epiphany. Epiphany, that wonderful season of manifestation and revelation, filled with light to get us through the doldrums […]

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True Freedom, Costly Grace

Epiphany 7 – February 20,  2022 Gen 45:3-11, 15; Ps 37:1-12, 41-42; 1 Cor 15:35-38, 42-50; Lk 6:27-3 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister YouTube recording of the service – the sermon begins at 26:19 “And Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph; is my father yet alive?’ But his brothers could not answer him, for […]

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Epiphany 3 Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal YouTube recording of the service: https://youtu.be/u1lykscnqic The sermon begins here: https://youtu.be/u1lykscnqic?t=1508 As I first read today’s scriptures and also mulled over the fact that this is the Week of Christian Unity, the one thing that kept pushing itself to the front of my mind was a […]

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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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