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.

Les homélies en français se trouvent sur cette autre page : https://www.montrealcathedral.ca/fr/homelies

Seeing the Saints

All Saints Day I John 3:1-3; Ps 34 Matt 5:1-12 Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister On November 1st, 1997, I spent the evening at a choir rehearsal, practicing the pieces of music which we would sing for All Saints Sunday. We sang There is a Balm in Gilead (my stepfather’s favorite spiritual) and Stanford’s setting of […]

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When Jesus Quotes Leviticus

Do you remember when it was possible to get on a plane and go somewhere? Maybe because I don’t fly often, I have always thrilled to see the city I live in shrinking as the plane rises, see the great St. Lawrence below me stretching out in both directions.  And sometimes you can actually get […]

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Bearing God’s image

201018 – Sermon for Pentecost 20 Year A Isaiah 45.1-7 – Psalm 96 – 1 Thess 1.1-10 – Matthew 22.15-22 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal ‘Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s As I approach […]

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Marked by Christ

Feast of St. Francis                             Jer 22:13-16; Ps 148:7-14 Gal 6:14-18; Matt 11: 25-30  The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister  In August of 1224, St.Francis took three of his companions into the wilderness for a time of fasting and of prayer.  They went there because Francis was dying, and he sought some space to prepare for his […]

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The Unconditional Grace of God

The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost Philippians 1.21-30 – Matthew 20.1-16   The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal ‘Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you’ If there is something that super activists and driven people, […]

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The Paradox of the Cross

Feast of Holy Cross Num 21:4b-9; Ps 98:1-6 I Cor 1:18-24; John 3:13-17 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (I Cor 1: 18) At the beginning of the fifth century, […]

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Creation 1: Right Use of Judgement

As you have discovered by now, we are observing the first Sunday in the Season of Creation. When I looked at the scriptures appointed for today, I wasn’t too sure how to handle them in this context. But then I thought of how biologists or other scientists start by simply looking closely at what is […]

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How firm a foundation

Across much of the norther hemisphere, this weekend marks the gradual start of a new academic year. Over the coming weeks, schools, colleges, and universities will once more open their doors, in the hope that society can find a way of balancing wider concerns for communal health, while recognising the fundamental importance not only of […]

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Filled With Grace

Feast of St. Mary the Virgin Isaiah 7:10-15; Ps 132:6-10, 13-14 Gal 4:4-7; Luke 1:46-55 The Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister Sermon on Facebook If you travel on the Western coast of Turkey, about halfway down, you come to the ruins of Ephesus, a significant port in the ancient world where the apostle Paul founded one […]

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God likes you

I Kings 19:9-18; Ps 85: 8-13 Rom 10: 5-15; Matt 14:22-33 The Rev. Dr Deborah Meister Sermon on Facebook Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but […]

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