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homily

(hŏm`əlē), type of oral religious instruction delivered to a church congregation. In the patristic period through the Middle Ages the focus of the homily was on the explanation and application of texts read or sung during the celebration of the liturgy. Works of literature giving moral advice are also called homilies. ÆlfricÆlfric
, c.955–1020, English writer and Benedictine monk. He was the greatest English scholar during the revival of learning fostered by the Benedictine monasteries in the second half of the 10th cent. His aim was to educate the laity as well as the clergy.
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 wrote many homilies.

homily

a sermon or discourse on a moral or religious topic
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At times, homilists depart from the story favoring a different type of narrative to appeal to the praying assembly.
The talmudic homilists spell out five transgressions that explain why he died.
To break this impression, homilists might move from the parable proper, which ends in v.
It is the task of the homilist to mediate this presence so that as the homilist speaks, the community may apprehend the presence of Christ in the Holy Spirit.
Citing usages from representative churchmen--traditionalists, Reformers and Recusants--Hassel gives most attention to Anglican homilists Richard Hooker, John Donne, and Lancelot Andrewes but also cites works from Protestants such as William Perkins and Alexander Nowell as well as the Roman Catholic Laurence Vaux.
The book targets individuals who might use it for personal prayer and reflection, homilists who might find sermon suggestions at the movies, young adult groups and parish study groups who could use its analyses as discussion starters, and students and teachers of film criticism who might use it to focus on faith in film.
The homilists who compiled them borrowed here and there, often without regard for internal consistency.
In this paper I should like to pay my attention to what Margaret Schlauch said about the work of one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Old English homilists, AElfric.
The practical uses of this anthology will surely occur to creative homilists, to adventuresome directors of religious education for young people, and to couples planning wedding ceremonies.
At that time the sectarian mind is the one that flouts authority, troubles marriage, and gives women equal dignity with men, while it is homilists such as Clement of Alexandria who urge that Christian discipline cements the bonds of marriage and society.
The most distinctive feature is the emphasis on "quotidian imagery," an important rhetorical device used by male clerics, especially homilists, who sought to inspire a strong emotional response from an uneducated female audience, as illustrated by the following translated excerpt from Hali Meidenhad: "the wife stands .
Neal offers plenty of advice to homilists on the best ways to achieve this goal.