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

Overindulging in God

Blessed be God, three in one: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Amen. Probably like most of us, I’ve always felt a bit ambivalent about Lent. As a youngster, I would invariably get anxious about the things I was expected to give up by the good sisters in my grammar school: no candy or chocolate, and, by […]

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At a loss for words

Today is not only the feast of the Transfiguration. It is also Theological Education Sunday, the day set aside by our diocese every year to consider the importance of theological education. I, for one, welcome the opportunity. I am a big fan of theological education – both the rather informal kind of study we do […]

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Casting out demons and devils

That evening, at sundown, they brought to Jesus all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons May I speak ………………… I remember once trying to lead Sunday night Compline from the […]

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God’s Goad

“Saul, Saul (…) It hurts you to kick against the goads.” I had to read that line several times, just to make sure it was saying what I thought it said. I asked myself: Why, in the middle of such a grandiose speech from on high, would God throw in such a colloquial, everyday expression, […]

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The Third Sign of Epiphany

“Woman, what does that have to do with you or with me?” Before I can talk about anything else, I have to address Jesus’ tone – a tone that if my son took with me or I took with my mother…well, it would result in more direct feedback than Jesus seemed to receive. Which is […]

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Leaving the Control in God’s hands

John the Baptist was right.  Jesus did not have to do it.  He did not have to be baptized.  But he chose to. The story of the Baptism of Jesus is found in all four gospels—though, as you might expect, one finds a rather different version in the Gospel of John, where there’s only a […]

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Three wise men, or not

The Three Wise Men were not particularly wise, nor were they necessarily men, and there might not have been only three of them or even three of them.   They were not kings, they may not have ridden camels. They didn’t follow a star and they didn’t find Jesus in a stable, or in a cave […]

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Mary’s Meditation

“But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.” In the name of the holy and undivided Trinity, one God now and forever. Amen. It’s interesting, isn’t it, how sometimes the most seemingly unimportant things in your life assume great significance in hindsight. What seemed ordinary becomes extraordinary. What may have struck […]

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