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

Planting Your Mustard Seed

Pentecost 3 Readings for Pentecost 3 The Venerable Ralph Leavitt I speak to you in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. First of all, I want to tell you something that confronts every preacher. And that of course is the scripture! Every Sunday we have three readings and the […]

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Sinning against the Holy Spirit

Pentecost 2 40th anniversary of Bishop Mary’s ordination to the Diaconate Gen 3:8-15; Ps 130; 2 Cor 4:13—5:1, Mark 3:20-35 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal ‘If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will […]

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Dancing Wounded

Trinity Sunday Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister During my time in seminary, I had the opportunity to join a seminarians’ trip to England. The itinerary was idiosyncratic: the student who organized it made sure that, in addition to visiting cathedrals and meeting dignitaries, we would visit every single […]

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The gift of God’s Spirit

Pentecost Acts 2.1-21, Psalm 104.25-35, 37, Romans 8.22-27, John 15.26-27, 16.4b-15 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector From psalm 104: ‘All of them look to you to give them their food in due season. You give it to them, they gather it; you open your hand and they are filled with good things. […]

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Loving Christ in all things

The Sixth Sunday of Easter Acts 10:44-48; Ps 98 1 John 5:1-6; John 15: 9-17 The Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister   I don’t tend to think of myself as a particularly jingoistic person, but I will go to the mat for the claim that the Book of Common Prayer approved by the Episcopal Church, USA, […]

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Healing of Memories

Homily preached by Father Michael Lapsley, SSM Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal Canada May, 2, 2021 The Fifth Sunday of Eastertide In the name of God who is Creator, Redeemer and Life Giver. Amen Good morning Church, members of the beloved community. May I begin by honouring the first nations who first walked the sacred lands […]

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Our Deepest Desire

The Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd) Psalm 23, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18 The Venerable Ralph Leavitt Honorary Associate Priest As a faithful Christian, what is it that you desire from God the most? I think that we find some answers to this question in three of our scripture readings today. An answer from […]

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Washing the feet of the betrayer

Maundy Thursday 2021 Exodus 12:1-14, PSALM 116:1, 10-17, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31b-35 As we have been following the days of Holy Week since Palm Sunday, and what is often described as the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, we know that the mood has been subtly changing. We already had a sense that […]

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Whose life matters?

Palm Sunday Is 50:4-9a; Phil 2:5-11 Mark 11:1-11; Mark 14:32-15:39 Rev. Deborah Meister Last week, someone hung a noose beside a church near my former one. It was not the first time that church had been defaced: someone had already taken down their Black Lives Matter banner, twice. Six Asian women were killed by a […]

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We wish to see Jesus

Lent 5 Heb 5.5-10 – Psalm 119.9-16 John 12.20-33 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus’ It was obvious that something was afoot when even some strangers from Greece, who had travelled to Jerusalem for the Passover, asked to see Jesus. True, they […]

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Renewal in the Wilderness

Lent 4 Numbers 21:4-9; Ps 107:1-3, 17-22 Eph 2: 1-10; John 3:14-21 The Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister As many of us know, Dean Bertrand is an accomplished runner, with a bounty of marathon medals to his name. My own career as a runner was much more ignominious.: I ran cross-country for one quarter in high […]

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