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

Psalms in a hard week

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal This has been a horrible week. Bad News flooding in from the Holy Land, from the US, and from Quebec City.  (See note 1 below). As one of my friends said yesterday, “It makes my problems look a lot smaller.”  Problems that […]

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The Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost Ezek 18:1-4, 25-32; Ps 25; Phil 2:1-13; Matt 21: 23-32 Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister One of the more perplexing — and sometimes frustrating — things about Jesus is that he taught in parables. Time and again, we open the Bible, seeking guidance or moral clarity for some situation in our […]

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We gather as a forgiven people

The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost Gen 50:15-21; Ps 103:1-13; Rom 14:1-12; Matt 18: 21-35 Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister, ODM A few years ago, when I was being trained to companion people in their spiritual seeking, one of our teachers said something which has become a touchstone for me:  The problem with forgiveness is that we […]

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Changing our ways

Pentecost 15 Ezekiel 33:7-11- Psalm 119:33-40- Romans 13:8-14 – Matthew 18.15-20 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector ‘Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.’ Well, it is good to be here on Welcome Back Sunday – the day in the calendar when most people are […]

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Leave the boat, brave the storm

Pentecost 11 1 Kings 19:9-18 – Psalm 85:8-13 – Romans 10:5-15 – Matthew 14.22-33 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector  Today is the last day of Pride Week in Montreal, and culminates in the March which will take place this afternoon, and in which a group from the cathedral will take part, as […]

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A sign of Divine Love

Pride – La Fierté Isaiah 43.1-5 – Luke 4.16-21 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector Good to be here today.  Thank you to all who are contributing to the service – Ganymede, the choir, etc. And thank you to Tatenda and Ian for your powerful testimony. There are not many cities that have […]

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Leaving space for mystery

Transfiguration Sunday Daniel 7:9-10; 13-14; Ps 99; 2 Peter 1:16-19; Luke 9:28-36 The Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister, ODM  There’s a moment I always savor when I am lucky enough to get to the country for a few days. It’s the first clear night, after supper is ended, after the dishes have been washed and put […]

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The pilgrimage of life

Pentecost 6 Zechariah 9:9-12 – Psalm 145:8-14 – Romans 7:15-25a – Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 It is good to be back after a couple of weeks away visiting my mother in Bordeaux and also taking some time to find quietness and beauty in the Pyrenees on the border between France and Spain, taking the opportunity of […]

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Pentecost 8 – 23 July 2023

Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16-19 – Psalm 139 – Romans 8:12-25 – Matthew 13.24-30; 36-43 Anyone who has been looking at our lawn on the cathedral side on Av. Union will have been wondering what is going on. As the construction zone dedicated to the restoration of our spire finally moved out, new fences were […]

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Pentecost 5  Jer 28:5-9; Ps 89:1-4, 15-18; Rom 6:12-23; Matt 10:40-42 Rev’d Dr Deborah Meister, ODM One of my favorite hours of radio, ever, was an episode of “On Being” called Whale Songs and Elephant Loves. (https://onbeing.org/programs/katy-payne-in-the-presence-of-elephants-and-whales/). It was an extended conversation between the host, Krista Tippet, and Katy Payne, a musician who was actually […]

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Love and Loss Break Us Open to God

Pentecost 4 Jer 20:7-13; Ps 69: 7-18 Rom 6:1b-11; Matt 10:24-39 Rev’d Dr Deborah Meister, ODM All week, I have been struggling with anger. Like many of you, I read with increasing horror about the migrant tragedy which unfolded off the coast of Greece on June 14th: hundreds of people dead, few rescued, while the […]

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Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Third Sunday after Pentecost Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal This morning we started out by singing what to me is a completely familiar hymn. The version I learned starts out, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise him all creatures here below.”  It used to be called Old 100th or […]

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