Question of the Day for Friday, June 21, 2013
Q. Our diocese has a couple of priests who regularly use the homily time to walk down among the people and single out members of the congregation and ask them to share how their family members are doing, and that sort of thing. Some use the homily as an “ask the priest” question-and-answer time. Are there official guidelines as to what a priest is supposed to do during the homily?
— N.C., Tennessee
A. Here’s a reply from OSV columnist Msgr. M. Francis Mannion:
The 2002 General Instruction of the Roman Missal states that the homily “should be an exposition of some aspects of the readings from Sacred Scripture or of another text from the Ordinary [the unchanging parts] or from the Proper [the changing parts] of the Mass of the day and should take into account both the mystery being celebrated and the particular needs of the listeners” (No. 65).
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