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.

Sermons in French are listed on this page: https://www.montrealcathedral.ca/fr/homelies

St Paul, the apostle we love to hate. That’s the new book by Karen Armstrong which Patrick brought into my office a couple of days ago: – and we do love to hate St Paul, don’t we. He always seems able to say not quite the right thing: He gets all passionate about one thing […]

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God is tilling the soil

In the name of God, the source of all being, the eternal word and the Holy Spirit Almost 40 years ago, the book When Bad Things Happen to Good People¹ was published. It wasn’t the first time anyone asked that question, about the relationship between our actions, and God’s goodness, and our suffering, but it […]

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Gathered under her wings

“How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings”. The image of God as a mother is not actually an uncommon one – even if it is generally underused in our liturgical and devotional materials. The fierceness and devotion of maternal love; the physical and […]

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Pushing Back Against the Devil

In the name of the one, holy and undivided Trinity: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Amen. Several years ago, I taught a class called The History of Satan. It was a survey course looking at personified evil in the Jewish and Christian traditions. It was also an examination of what we call ‘the monstrous’ in the […]

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Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Today, Luke’s Gospel, the story of the Transfiguration, sheds light on each of these words. But I would like to began by talking about the revelation itself. One summer Sunday, years and years ago, I came as I usually did to the 10:00 service […]

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From cradle to cross – A sermon for Candlemas

Have you ever waited for something? Waited for a really long time for something you were really excited; something you really wanted? Have you ever waited so long and so hard for something that you almost missed it when it finally arrived? Perhaps the anticipation had led to impossible fantasies so that the real thing […]

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All parts contribute to the body of Christ

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Christ Church Cathedral 24 January 2016 Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Psalm 19: 7- 14 1 Corinthians 12:12-21, 26-27 Luke 4:14-21 I wonder what Paul would say if he were among us today. I wonder what he would think about the hundreds, even thousands of churches and denominations that exist […]

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38 men in Canterbury

For some people this week a meeting of 38 men in Canterbury has been pretty significant. 38 Anglican archbishops from around the world discussing our future. As the week went on, I became more and more nervous about what was happening. Would conservative archbishops walk out, as they said they would? Would the Archbishop of […]

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