Tag Archives: homily

QUAERITUR: Walking out of church because of the sermon.

From a reader:
Today, the priest gave an overtly political homily that I have no doubt you would have found highly inappropriate. Think Fr. Michael Pfelger of Chicago. I sat through it in stunned disbelief but some got up and left. … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Priest walking around the church during his sermon

From a reader:
May a priest give his sermon off the altar and peripatetically – wander into the aisle of the nave to deliver it?

I am not aware that there is any legislation which specifically forbids a bishop, priest or deacon to … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict’s sermon for Palm Sunday 2012

Pope Benedict XVI’s sermon for Palm Sunday. First, His Holiness gives us context and then he gives us some classic Ratzinger. My emphases and comments.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Palm Sunday is the great doorway leading into Holy Week, the week when the Lord Jesus makes … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Sermon by a different priest during TLM

From a reader:
In my parish the pastor does not know the TLM, but our associate pastor does. Our pastor now desires to preach on a regular basis to the TLM community. Do you know what the rubrics are for a non-celebrant preacher? Should … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict XVI’s Midnight Mass Homily

Pope Benedict XVI’s Midnight Mass Homily:


Dear Brothers and Sisters!
The reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to Titus that we have just heard begins solemnly with the word “apparuit“, which then comes back again in the reading at the Dawn … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Video in place of sermon

From a reader:
Is it permissible to have a video homily, instead of an actual spoken homily by the priest or deacon? Now the message was from the [b]ishop of ____ and was about the annual sharing appeal, but it took … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can choir director teach a song at homily time?

From a reader:
I am a choir director and my pastor would like me to teach the congregation a song during the homily. He will introduce me and I come to the front and take over from there. I am uncomfortable … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: priest roams around to preach

From a reader:
We have a new pastor, and I am trying desperately to acclimatize myself to his liturgical style.  I’m wondering which things I should be concerned about and which I should just deal with.
1. When he give his … Continue reading

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WDTPRS POLL: length of Sunday sermons

There was recently story on CNA about the "ideal" length of a Sunday sermon/homily. 
First, the person who proposed in a book that "8 minutes" is the Secretary for the Cong. for Bishops, Archbishop Nikola Eterovic. 
Second, while the Archbishop … Continue reading

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A Trinity Sunday question

Here is a little Trinity Sunday question for you.
In your Sunday sermons today, did you hear the preacher make an analogy for the Trinity?
Did he says something like…
The Trinity is like water, which can be steam, ice or water.   … Continue reading

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