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Examples of homily in a Sentence
The priest gave a brief homily on forgiveness.
We had to listen to another one of his homilies about the value of public service.
a politician with a fondness for homily
Recent Examples of homily from the Web
Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., praised American Episcopalian preacher Bishop Michael Curry's stirring homily at the ceremony, which opened with a quote from her father.
In an Easter Vigil homily, Francis challenged Catholics to not remain silent, as Jesus' disciples were after his crucifixion.
On Sunday, Symeonides delivered the homily and talked with parishioners about their former priest.
Yet, one of the most poignant moments came during the wedding homily.
Francis focused on reconciliation, or confession, during his homily Sunday for an annual Mass in St. Peter's Square dedicated to mercy, a signature theme of his papacy.
In his Palm Sunday homily, Andrew spoke of the gospel portrayals of Peter and Judas, two disciples who both betrayed Jesus.
In his homily, Francis warned priests to not be tempted to insist on church law and doctrine when preaching, since that can distance ordinary faithful from Jesus.
Edward Staniek during his homily at The Church of the Felician Sisters in Krakow.
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homily Has Greek Roots
Gather around for the history of homily. The story starts with ancient Greek homilos, meaning "crowd" or "assembly." Greeks used homilos to create the verb homilein ("to consort with" or "to address"), as well as the noun homilia ("conversation"). Latin speakers borrowed homilia, then passed it on to Anglo-French. By the time it crossed into Middle English, the spelling had shifted to omelie, but by the mid-16th century the term had regained its "h" and the "y" of the modern spelling was added.
Origin and Etymology of homily
HOMILY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of homily for English Language Learners
: a usually short talk on a religious or moral topic
: advice that is often not wanted
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