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

The Work of an Evangelist

SERMON—18 October 2015—The Work of an Evangelist Glory to God, Source of all Being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit. Amen. Today, we honour and remember St. Luke: evangelist, storyteller, disciple, martyr and physician. We know him, of course, because of the gospel he wrote, but also as the author of the Acts of the Apostles, […]

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Mark 10:17-31 Thanksgiving 2015   At first glance, we seem to have been given a rather odd Gospel for Thanksgiving weekend – a reading that warns against plenty it for a weekend that celebrates it. Not that Thanksgiving is about crass rejoicing in our wealth – I do understand that it is about giving thanks […]

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Thinking Theologically about Binaries

SERMON—4 OCTOBER 2015 Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit. Amen. I will admit that, when I looked at them, the readings for today made me slightly uneasy. That, of course, may not come as a total surprise to some of you. Do I really want to talk about marriage, […]

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What is a Christian?

Jesus took a little child in his arms and said – whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me …. May I speak in the name of ….. That’s quite a good verse for a baptism Sunday – here we are welcoming children – Ayrton, Jasmine and Nathan – and all in Christ’s […]

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Spiritual Warfare

‘Onward Christian Soldiers marching as to war’ sang the midwife as she pushed my mother into the room where she would give birth to me. Marching as to war, however, is not an image we like to use any more – there have been too many Christians marching to war over the ages, and there […]

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Such a Queer Thing

SERMON—Pentecost 12—Such a Queer Thing In the name of the holy and undivided Trinity, one God now and forever. Amen. Queer: strange, odd, curious, unusual, peculiar, transgressive, subversive. Christianity is such a queer thing. Consider the evidence. A god takes on human flesh. A virgin gives birth. A saviour triumphs by being humiliated and made […]

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It’s not that hard to feed people…

Whoever comes to me will never hunger, whoever believes in me will never thirst. It’s not that hard to feed people.  All it takes is food – Jesus proved that when he took five loaves and fed the crowd of 5000 – and we have so much more than only five loaves in this world […]

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