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n. pl. hom·i·lies
1. A sermon, especially one intended to explain the practical and moral implications of a particular scriptural passage.
2. A moralizing lecture or admonition that is often tedious or condescending.
3. A platitudinous or inspirational saying: "'Receiving is a form of giving,' she said, in one of those sudden banal homilies that came to her every now and again" (Willie Morris).

[Middle English omelie, from Old French, from Late Latin homīlia, from Greek homīliā, discourse, from homīlos, crowd; see sem- in Indo-European roots.]

hom′i·list n.
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Serving as principal celebrant and homilist is Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington.
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Precourt, AA, Provincial Delegate for the American Region, will be the principal concelebrant and homilist.
He says his pastor, Father Drew Wood, is a gifted homilist, and that's what people want.
He is an artful homilist whose collected sermons can stand beside Newman's in their perennial capacity to nourish.
It is not entirely clear how the homilist is counting five transgressions or what the fifth transgression is.
The homilist, Dr Seamus O'Connell of Maynooth said Mai and Bridie will miss their children.
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.