Different terms


May somebody explain me what is the difference between these terms?

  1. Kerygma vs. Catechesis vs. Proclamation
  2. First Proclamation vs. Proclamation
  3. Homily vs. Sermon
  4. Evangelization vs. New Evangelization
    I tried searching with Google, but I would like to know it from an authentic source. :slight_smile:

Thanks for helping me! :sunny:

  1. They are synonymous.

  2. The New Evangelization is just a new emphasis on conversion through accompanying people and meeting them where they are. This includes cradle Catholics who were poorly catechised (taught the ways of the church impropery or incompletely) or are living outside church teaching knowingly.


Yes-- for #4, you have a lot of people who should, in theory, be Christian… but they haven’t been brought up to it. So instead of reaching out to people in the jungles of distant islands who have never heard the gospel (aka, Evangelization), we’re having to bring the gospel to people in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, and other places right in our own back yards (aka New Evangelization).


On #3, a homily is when the priest/deacon preach on one of the readings of the day. A sermon is when he preaches on an unrelated topic.



From the Modern Catholic Dictionary, by Servant of God Fr. John Hardon, S.J. (†)

KERYGMA. Preaching or proclaiming, as distinct from teaching or instruction
(didache) in the Gospel of Christ. Before
the Gospel was written, it was first preached (Romans 16:25), but beyond preaching
it was also to be taught (Matthew 28:19) in order that, as far as possible,
it might be understood (Matthew 13:19). (Etym. Greek Kērygma, proclamation; from
keryks, herald.)

CATECHESIS. That form of ecclesiastical action that leads both communities
and individual members of the faithful to maturity of faith. Because of varied
circumstances and multiple needs, catechetical activity takes on various forms.
In regions that have been Catholic from past ages, catechesis most often takes
the form of religious instruction given to children and adolescents in schools
or outside a school atmosphere. Also found in those regions are various catechetical
programs for adults, whether in preparation for baptism or reception into the
Church, or to deepen one’s understanding of the faith. Sometimes the actual
condition of the faithful demands that some form of evangelization of the baptized
precede catechesis.
In churches that have been established recently, special importance is placed
on evangelizing in the strict sense. This becomes the well-known catechumenate
for those who are being introduced to the faith in preparation for baptism.
For individuals whose minds are open to the message of the Gospel, catechesis
is an apt means to understand God’s plan in their own lives and in the lives
of others. Having come to know this divine plan, they can more effectively co-operate
with God’s grace and become better instruments for the extension of Christ’s
kingdom. (Etym. Greek katechizo, to teach by word of mouth.)

PROCLAMATION. Announcing Christ to the world, to make him known and
loved by as many people as possible. The proclamation takes on as many forms
as there are means of communication, by speaking and writing, and especially
by reflecting the virtues of Christ in one’s own life and behavior. The proclamation
is also the duty of every Christian. “Jesus Christ,” declared Pope
John Paul II, “is the stable principle and fixed center of the mission
that God has entrusted to man. We must all share in this mission and concentrate
all our forces on it, since it is more necessary than ever for modern mankind”
(Redemptor Hominis, 11).


Thanks for the replies and for the dictionary link! :slight_smile:

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