Homily


Homily

A homily is a commentary that follows a reading of scripture. In the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, and in the Eastern Orthodox Church, a homily is usually given during Mass (or Divine Liturgy for Orthodox) at the end of the Liturgy of the Word.

Roman Catholic Mass homily

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) states:

Other senses of "homily"

Contemporary clergy often use the term 'homily' to describe a short sermon, such as one created for a wedding or funeral.

In colloquial usage, "homily" often means a sermon concerning a practical matter, a moralizing lecture or admonition, or an inspirational saying or platitude.

ee also

* Homiliarium
* Homiletics

External links

* [http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/liturgy/Resources/GIRM/Documents/GIRM.pdf 2002 General Instruction of the Roman Missal - England and Wales edition (pdf)]

* [http://www.geocities.com/hashanayobel/homily.htm Homily Points]


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  • Homily — • Etymology, early development. Also a summary of four ways of preaching on Scripture Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Homily     Homily      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • homily — late 14c., omelye, from O.Fr. omelie (12c., Mod.Fr. homélie), from Church L. homilia a homily, sermon, from Gk. homilia conversation, discourse, used in N.T. Greek for sermon, from homilos an assembled crowd, from homou together (from PIE *somo …   Etymology dictionary

  • Homily — Hom i*ly, n.; pl. {Homilies}. [LL. homilia, Gr. ? communion, assembly, converse, sermon, fr. ? an assembly, fr. ? same; cf. ? together, and ? crowd, cf. ? to press: cf. F. hom[ e]lie. See {Same}.] 1. A discourse or sermon read or pronounced to an …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • homily — index peroration Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • homily — sermon, talk, *speech, address, oration, harangue, lecture …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • homily — ► NOUN (pl. homilies) 1) a talk on a religious subject, intended to be spiritually uplifting rather than giving doctrinal instruction. 2) a tedious moralizing talk. DERIVATIVES homilist noun. ORIGIN Greek homilia discourse , from homilos crowd …   English terms dictionary

  • homily — [häm′ə lē] n. pl. homilies [ME omelye < OFr omelie < LL(Ec) homilia, sermon < Gr, converse, instruction (in LGr(Ec), sermon) < homilos, assembly] 1. a sermon, esp. one centering on Scriptural texts 2. a solemn, moralizing talk or… …   English World dictionary

  • homily — UK [ˈhɒmɪlɪ] / US [ˈhɑmɪlɪ] noun [countable] Word forms homily : singular homily plural homilies 1) a short speech advising someone how to behave. This word usually shows that you think the advice is boring She gave us a little homily about… …   English dictionary

  • homily — n. to deliver a homily * * * [ hɒmɪlɪ] to deliver a homily …   Combinatory dictionary

  • homily — [[t]hɒ̱mɪli[/t]] homilies N COUNT A homily is a speech or piece of writing in which someone complains about the state of something or tells people how they ought to behave. [FORMAL] ...a receptive audience for his homily on moral values. Syn:… …   English dictionary


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