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

Are you the one sent by God?

Presentation of Our Lord Mal 3:1-4; Ps 84 Heb 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40 The Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister “Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God.” (Luke […]

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Hearing God’s Call

Second Sunday after Epiphany 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51 Vivian Lewin, Lay Reader and Spiritual Director Today’s scriptures from Samuel and the Gospel of John show us God’s ability to connect with people and turn them around. To speak directly to them. Call them. We celebrate this activity […]

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The Baptism of Christ Gen 1.1-5 – Ps 29 – Acts 19.1-7 -Marc 1.4-11 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal It was incredible. Crowds were running from all over to listen to him speak, promising them a new beginning. Word of mouth had worked well and they had […]

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Then we shall see

The Feast of the Epiphany Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14 Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 The Rev. Dr Deborah Meister A few hours from my childhood home, there is a marvelous set of caverns, named Luray. Descending deep into the limestone hills, the caverns comprise two and a half kilometers of extraordinary rock formations, cave […]

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Learning Tenderness

Second Sunday in Advent Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister I arrived in Los Angeles during a 10-year drought. After my first year there, I moved into a one-room cottage behind an apartment building which boasted a treasure: it had its own garden. Bare, brown earth. […]

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Holy Disruption

Advent 1 The Rev’d Ralph Leavitt I want to start by saying what a joy it has been to become a member of Christ Church Cathedral, and thank you Dean Betrand for inviting me to preach today on Advent One. Happy New Year everyone! I speak to you in the name of the Father, the […]

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Serving Your Divine King

Sermon for Reign of Christ Eph 1:15-23 – Psalm 95.1-7a – Mat 25.31-46 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal I experienced a sense of dèjà vu as I was preparing this sermon and mulling over the texts set for today. Thinking of monarchy chimed in my head with […]

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Seeing the Saints

All Saints Day I John 3:1-3; Ps 34 Matt 5:1-12 Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister On November 1st, 1997, I spent the evening at a choir rehearsal, practicing the pieces of music which we would sing for All Saints Sunday. We sang There is a Balm in Gilead (my stepfather’s favorite spiritual) and Stanford’s setting of […]

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When Jesus Quotes Leviticus

Do you remember when it was possible to get on a plane and go somewhere? Maybe because I don’t fly often, I have always thrilled to see the city I live in shrinking as the plane rises, see the great St. Lawrence below me stretching out in both directions.  And sometimes you can actually get […]

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