THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE APOSTOLIC KERYGMA TO THE HOMILY.
CATHOLIC UNIV OF AMERICA WASHINGTON D C
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The sermon of St. Peter, as recorded in Acts 214-40, is regarded as an instance of the kerygma or apostolic proclamation. It is the first recorded sermon by the Prince of the Apostles who preached immediately after the reception of the Holy Spirit. The kerygma was addressed to a nonChristian audience to bring to its members the good news of salvation in Christ Jesus. The homily is the communication of the word based on the Word of God in the scriptures, spoken within the context of the sacred liturgy, and directed to the building up of the faith and sanctification of Gods people in the Church. Kerygma seeks to initiate Faith among nonChristians, while the homily addresses itself to those already possessing the Faith. The purpose of this thesis is not to equate these two forms of Christain preaching but to seek out those features in the kerygma which can, and perhaps should, influence homiletic preaching because of a kinship to the apostolic message.