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Commentary, use of before the readings

Question Our priest makes commentaries on each reading before it is read including a commentary between the gospel acclamation and the Gospel. He seems to just be giving more homilies and often makes comments so basic as to almost be insulting. He also rarely, if ever, mentions the readings when he gives his actual homily. Is this proper?

Answer According to The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, n.11, "[The priest] may also very briefly introduce the Mass of the day (before the celebration begins). the liturgy of the word (before the readings), and the eucharistic prayer (before the preface); he may make concluding comments before the dismissal."

In the letter Eucharistiae participationem, issued by the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship in 1973, the nature of these introductions was explained: "They are ways of leading the faithful to a more thorough grasp of the meaning of the sacred rites or certain of their parts and to an inner participation in them . . . But the way any of these introductions is presented must respect the character proper to each and not turn into a sermon or homily. There must be a concern for brevity and the avoidance of wordiness that would bore the participants . . . [The homily] is a part of the liturgy by which the word of God proclaimed in the liturgical assembly is explained to help the community present."

The The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, n.41 also comments that "[The homily] should develop some point of the readings or of another text from the Ordinary or the Mass of the day."

Judging from these statements, the priest should only make remarks before the readings begin and not in between each one. He should also avoid giving mini homilies. As to the contentof these statements, hopefully the priest can be respectfully told that he is talking down to his congregation and that he should be giving homilies that have something to do with the readings or the parts of the Mass.


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