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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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Lawrence Abello was one of the spiritual guides and confessors, homilist and consultant.
In contrast, the talmudic homilists enumerated five transgressions on account of which Saul died.
The homilist summons prophets both Jewish--Isaiah, David, Moses, John the Baptist--and pagan--Nebuchadnezzar, Virgil, the Erythraean Sibyl--and directs each to offer up a prophecy.
Father O'Connor's first appointment (1957-1960) was at Corpus Christi, Middlesbrough, where his fellow curate was Canon Michael Davern who was the homilist at his Requiem Mass.
In a eucharist rich in symbolism--from the transporting of the gospel in a flower-bedecked mini-canoe by Melanesians to the choice of homilist, music, and processional robes--Anglican bishops, their spouses and ecumenical participants gathered July 20 at the historic Canterbury Cathedral for the opening service of the 2008 Lambeth Conference.
Despite the fact that the homilist goes on to state that "Matthew also aims the polemic at the constant temptation to this kind of heartless piety in his congregation (and ours)," the damage is already done.
The mass usually has political overtones, and the homilist often takes swipes at separation of church and state--albeit sometimes in carefully couched language--and speaks out against legal abortion, stem-cell research, same-sex marriage or other issues of interest to the church's leadership.
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.
12, he will be the homilist for Choral Evensong at the Church of the Resurrection, 3925 Hilyard St.
The results are intriguing to modern scholars, who try to explain why what seems so obvious to readers now--a lack of inner coherence--seems to have been missed by the Anglo-Saxon homilist.
Going through this original source background one can easily notice that the Old English homilist always made a conscious effort to give his audience and readers the meaning in a clear and digestible vernacular idiom.
Indeed Cahill the hip homilist is at bottom rather old-fashioned.