Skip to comments.When Are The Laity Permitted To Preach?
Posted on 05/09/2014 1:21:13 PM PDT by Weiss White
Q: I have a question about preaching: what happens in times and places where there is no priest or deacon available to hold Mass, and a communion service or another form of liturgical prayer is held? Mark
A: While the scenario that Mark describes is not the norm, theres no denying that in some parts of the world its unfortunately becoming increasingly common. Lets see first what the code says about preaching in general, and then look at what the Church has to say about preaching in those particular situations where, due to a shortage of clergy, no priest or deacon is available.
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As a protestant the answer is.. well pretty much when we wish.
“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching”
“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words”
Francis of Assisi
Ordained deacons, priests and bishops can preach.
I’m not aware of laity taking a part in anything other than an announcement about the annual stewardship campaign or some other ministries.
Are you the author?
Please answer any questions that arise then.
As a Christian the answer is...as led by the Holy Spirit.
Just clarified it a bit, but you've got the nuts and bolts down.
Who is allowed to preach the homily?The homily, which is given in the course of the celebration of Holy Mass and is a part of the liturgy itself, should ordinarily be given by the priest celebrant himself. He may entrust it to a concelebrating priest or occasionally, according to circumstances, to a deacon, but never to a layperson. In particular cases and for a just cause, the homily may even be given by a bishop or a priest who is present at the celebration but cannot concelebrate (64; cf. GIRM 66).
At my parish they have a seminarian who is doing his pastoral year, and they sometimes have him preach the homily to practice for what he will have to do later. Surely that is allowed.
The prohibition of the admission of laypersons to preach within the Mass applies also to seminarians, students of theological disciplines, and those who have assumed the function of those known as pastoral assistants; nor is there to be any exception for any other kind of layperson, or group, or community, or association (66).