Can the priest combine the gosel & homily

At Sunday mass the priest at our parish has, as of late, upon starting the Gospel reading, asked the congregation to be seated. He then delivers his homily while simultaneously working his way through the Gospel – sort of a running commentary, if you will. I don’t mind the practice but was wondering whether it was proper for the litugy. Is this a form of liturgical abuse or is it legitimate to combine the Gospel reading and homily into one?

The priest is not permitted to change the words of the Mass. The gospel is part of the Mass. (Now, there are times when alternate gospels may be used, but they still must be approved alternates. Also, most churches use the NAB Bible readings but some use other Bible translations).

So for the priest to make a “running commentary” on the gospel is rather like the equally illicit practice of some priests of making a “running commentary” on the Mass, DURING the Mass.

It is wrong. It renders the Mass illicit (but not invalid). Meaning, it is a wrong thing to do, but the Mass itself, while it has a wrong thing in it, is still okay regarding its main purpose.

If the priest starts making a running commentary on the words of the consecration, THAT would probably make the Mass invalid–meaning that there would BE no consecration. The purpose of the Mass would not be fulfilled. Receiving at “communion” one would only receive bread and wine, not the Body and Blood of Christ.

[quote=JP2phile]At Sunday mass the priest at our parish has, as of late, upon starting the Gospel reading, asked the congregation to be seated. He then delivers his homily while simultaneously working his way through the Gospel – sort of a running commentary, if you will. I don’t mind the practice but was wondering whether it was proper for the litugy. Is this a form of liturgical abuse or is it legitimate to combine the Gospel reading and homily into one?
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The priest cannot change the order of he Mass… The Homily comes after the reading of the Gospel.

The only way I can think of for the priest to be allowed to do this would be to read the Gospel all the way through, then re-read it with his own commentary. But that could get really tedious.

Aren’t we required to stand during the Gospel,also?

no, the Gospel must be proclaimed as written. If he then wants to do his homily the way you describe fine, but he must proclaim the whole thing first. That is also better by the way if he intends this to be a bible study or catechetical session (which the homily is not intended to be, but that is another question)

WOW! The innovations that some come up with are simply amazing. :frowning: :whacky: :bigyikes:

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