[size=3]Humbert de Romanis, general of the order of the Dominicans, d. 1277, in a much more elaborate work,
2071 pronounced preaching the most excellent of a monk’s occupations and set it above the liturgical service which, being in Latin, the people did not understand. Preaching is even better than the mass, for Christ celebrated the mass only once, but was constantly engaged in preaching. He urged the necessity of study, and counselled high thought rather than graceful and well-turned sentences, comparing the former to food and the latter to the dishes on which it is served.
Found in ccel.org/s/schaff/history/5_ch16.htm
I bolded the one sentence, which clearly expresses more of a Protestant attitude towards preaching than a Catholic one.
Has that work, footnoted as “de eruditione praedicatorum”, ever been translated into English? Is it accessible? I would like to look at it.
But the wider issue is a good point. Catholic practice highlights the Mass and downplays Jesus’s own emphasis not on the Mass but on preaching. Jesus did not go about confecting the Eucharist daily but preaching and healing.