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.

 

A Better Kind of Power

PREACHED AT CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, MONTREAL SUNDAY, JULY 12, 2015 Amos 7:7-15, Ephesians 1:3-14, Mark 6:14-29 Benjamin Stuchbery The first time I came home after having been away at school was an odd experience. I remember having conversations with my parents in which I no longer felt like a child talking to a parent or […]

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And he could do no deed of power there. May I speak in the name …. Power and success, weakness and failure, these are the themes for this morning.   Ezekiel is sent to speak the word whether he succeeds or not. Paul writes that it is when he is weak that he is strong. And […]

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A Faithfully Brazen Woman and a Little Girl

As usual, in preparing for this sermon, I read quite a few articles and commentaries on our Gospel passage. I was…let’s call it surprised, when only about 10% of them focused on the fact that the people receiving Jesus’ healing attentions in this passage are both women. And most of those noted only that Jesus […]

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That Famous Mustard Seed

HOMILY—Pentecost 3—That Famous Mustard Seed “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it?” In the name of the holy and undivided Trinity: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Amen. I’ve learnt more about mustard and mustard seeds this past week than I ever thought I would, or probably […]

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Who are our brother and sisters?

Great Spirit, may the words from my lips be ever pleasing to your ears. You who are before all else and who dwells in every object, in every person and in every place, we cry unto you. We summon you from the far places into our present awareness. (Prayer composed by Elder Noel Knockwood). Weliegsitpu’g. Welta’si na’ […]

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And Jesus said to them, when you pray, say, Our Father in heaven, May I speak…. I can just remember when fathers were scratchy and mothers were soft.  My father wore a hard suit, his skin was prickly, his pockets were full of wallets and pens and keys which stuck into you, and he always squeezed my hand too […]

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When the Advocate comes…

When the Advocate comes, the Advocate will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: Sin, righteousness, judgment, – not exactly the most encouraging words to begin my sermon – but how nice to be affirmed by Jesus that so many people, over the ages –  including us of course, have got it […]

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Given to the World

a sermon on John 16:6-19 Saying good-bye is hard. Whether you’re the one leaving or the one being left, the anticipation of missing the ones we love makes us sad as we imagine our lives without them. But saying good-bye isn’t hard just because it’s sad – saying good-bye is hard because it’s a little […]

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