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Wednesday, December 2nd, 6:30 p.m. We will have Anointing of the Sick on the first Wednesday of Advent. If you are in need of the sacrament at any other time, contact the Parish Office to schedule a time, email@example.com ... See MoreSee Less
This Advent season, we would like to ask you to focus on the Nativity scene. Each day we will provide you with a reflection about things in this glorious sight. We hope you join us daily as we journey through Advent. Advent begins Sunday Nov. 29th. ... See MoreSee Less
Meaningful Mass Monday | Step 11: The Homily (Explaining Mass, one step at a time.)
From the earliest days of Christian Liturgy, the Word of God was not read on its own. It was accompanied by a homily, which explained the meaning of the scriptural readings and drew out the application for people’s lives. This tradition dates back even further, though, as rooted in ancient Jewish custom: "Ezra read clearly from the book of the law of God, interpreting it so that all could understand what was read." (Nehemiah 8:8)
The homily is to be given only by an ordained minister: a deacon, priest, or bishop. The same is true for the reading of the Gospel at Mass. A layperson or religious brother or sister might have greater speaking abilities or more theological and spiritual points to offer on a given topic than a particular priest or deacon. But that is not the purpose of the homily at Mass. While a homily ideally would be thoughtful, clear, and engaging, it ultimately is not a matter of eloquence or insight.
The homily being given by an ordained minister is meant to be a sign, or guarantee, that the preaching is passing on the Church’s apostolic Faith and not merely the private thoughts and experiences of an individual.
Think about a homily that recently made you think about something differently or taught you something.
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--------- Summary derived from "A Biblical Walk Through the Mass: Understanding What We Say and Do In The Liturgy" by Edward Sri (available at Desales Catholic Bookstore in Springfield) ... See MoreSee Less
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