lay person doing sermon a TLM
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I am a parishioner of Holy Rosary Church who attends TLM and registered on this site after being informed of the post regarding a talk given by a lay person in place of the normal sermon during yesterday's Mass. What happened is this, a lay person was permitted to address the congregation at all the Sunday Masses to talk about his organization's work in Haiti and to solicit funds.  The person who spoke did not preach a sermon but merely spoke about his work in Haiti.  Those of us who have been attending TLM weekly for more than 9 years are very much aware that this is not the practice as we have a sermon preached at all our masses. Please keep in mind that Holy Rosary is a diocesan parish and not operated by the Institute or Fraternity. The congregation has no control over the decision of the diocese, pastor or administrator who may schedule and permit these activities.  In the past, priests (missionaries) have been permitted to speak about their work and to solicit funds.  These priests generally don't preach but simply talk about their work and ask for money.  All sermons at masses at Holy Rosary Church are preached by ordained priests not lay persons.  The sermon is not part of the Mass.  If anything it's an interruption.  So, there was no bastardization of the anything.  I know a family walked out just before the guest speaker got to open his mouth and that's their right but I sincerely hope this topic was not initiated by any of them.  TLM at Holy Rosary Church is celebrated by priests known for celebrating TLM and they have provided many wonderful and meaningful sermons.  I'm certain that yesterday's celebrant came fully prepared to preach but was probably told about the change by the new administrator at the last minute. That's too bad for us because we prefer to hear a sermon.
TLM at our church is celebrated with great reverence and attention to the rubrics (do the red - say the black)and traditions handed down over the 126 years of its existence.  I hope this clarifies the situation for some of the readers on this site who as a result of the post may have gotten the wrong impression of who is permitted to preach at Holy Rosary Church.
Let's pray for one another that we may continue to be more charitable if not more circumspect when writing on these sites.  A lot of hard work went into getting and keeping TLM at Holy Rosary.  We are trying to grow the congregation and expose more persons to the infinite beauty and relevance of TLM.  We try to be  welcoming to everyone in a spirit of friendship and charity.  We at Holy Rosary, I believe, wish to be faithful to Tradition but are not looking to "out tradition" the next person. 
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lay person doing sermon a TLM - by a83192 - 09-11-2011, 12:34 PM
Re: lay person doing sermon a TLM - by Resurrexi - 09-11-2011, 12:59 PM
Re: lay person doing sermon a TLM - by Vetus Ordo - 09-11-2011, 01:00 PM
Re: lay person doing sermon a TLM - by Vetus Ordo - 09-11-2011, 01:01 PM
Re: lay person doing sermon a TLM - by Resurrexi - 09-11-2011, 01:04 PM
Re: lay person doing sermon a TLM - by Vetus Ordo - 09-11-2011, 01:06 PM
Re: lay person doing sermon a TLM - by Resurrexi - 09-11-2011, 01:07 PM
Re: lay person doing sermon a TLM - by Resurrexi - 09-11-2011, 01:09 PM
Re: lay person doing sermon a TLM - by Vetus Ordo - 09-11-2011, 01:12 PM
Re: lay person doing sermon a TLM - by Resurrexi - 09-11-2011, 01:14 PM
Re: lay person doing sermon a TLM - by Vetus Ordo - 09-11-2011, 01:21 PM
Re: lay person doing sermon a TLM - by a83192 - 09-11-2011, 01:24 PM
Re: lay person doing sermon a TLM - by m.PR - 09-11-2011, 02:22 PM
Re: lay person doing sermon a TLM - by timoose - 09-11-2011, 03:02 PM
Re: lay person doing sermon a TLM - by jovan66102 - 09-11-2011, 03:27 PM
Re: lay person doing sermon a TLM - by jovan66102 - 09-11-2011, 04:56 PM
Re: lay person doing sermon a TLM - by m.PR - 09-11-2011, 08:23 PM
Re: lay person doing sermon a TLM - by quiet monk - 09-12-2011, 03:39 PM
Re: lay person doing sermon a TLM - by dan hunter - 09-12-2011, 03:53 PM
Re: lay person doing sermon a TLM - by Resurrexi - 09-12-2011, 08:43 PM
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