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

Choosing to become small

Palm Sunday, 2020 Matt 21:1-11; Ps 31:9-16 Phil 2:5-11; Matthew’s Passion The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister Wondering what to say to you today, I remembered something from when I was a small child. Each year, my mother or my father would take me to the big Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. My dad […]

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If you had been there

29 March 2020 – Lent 5 – Year A Ezek 37:1-14 – Ps 130 – John 11:1-45 Dr Jonathan White Today we enter Passiontide; the final stretch of the Lenten feast before we plunge into the emotional depths of Holy Week. Side by side with the disciples, we will lament the death and absence of […]

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Doing what is pleasing to the Lord

Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 22 March 2020 – Lent 4 – Year A Eph 5: 8-14 – Ps 23 – John 9: 1-41 Good morning everyone. It is good to see of all you today in […]

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To give them a garland instead of ashes

Ash Wednesday Isaiah 58:1-12 Psalm 103 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 15-21 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister St. Luke records the first sermon that Jesus ever preached. The way he tells it, Jesus went to his hometown to pray in the synagogue on the sabbath, and when the time came, they turned to him — […]

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Being Prepared by God for Freedom

Last Epiphany, 2020 Exodus 24:12-18; Ps 99 2 Pet 1:16-21; Matt 17:1-9 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister Yesterday, our Cathedral hosted our diocese’s first united diocesan celebration of black history, and it was a joyous day. The pews were packed with hundreds of worshipers; a choir gathered from many congregations sang songs from the black […]

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Salt and Light

The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Isaiah 58: 1-12 1 Corinthians 2: 1-16 Matthew 5: 13-20 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal

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How is our worth measured?

Candlemas is one of the most ancient celebrations of the Christian Church and is mentioned by Egeria, during her pilgrimage to the Holy Land (381–384). “All the priests, and after them the bishop, preach, always taking for their subject that part of the Gospel where Joseph and Mary brought the Lord into the Temple on […]

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Come, Follow Me

Third Sunday after the Epiphany (January 26, 2020) First reading   Isaiah 9:1-4 Psalm   Psalm 27:1, 4-9 Second reading   1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Gospel   Matthew 4:12-23 “Come follow me.” Jesus’ invitation, in this still-dark season. And an implicit pledge that the promise is being fulfilled—that the people who have walked in darkness will see a great light. […]

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The true symbols of the gift of God

Feast of the Epiphany; 5 January, 2020 Is 60:1-6; Ps 72:1-7, 10-14 Eph 3: 1-12; Matt 2:1-12 Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister Can I let you in on a secret? I am tired of kings. Kings, princes, potentates, presidents: you can have them all. This week has shown us all too clearly what can happen when […]

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