And now students, we will work on how to master timing in order to deliver a Biblical truth or a laugh line.
Really? People already complain about the Mass as performance art, required applause for the music ministry, and standing ovations for liturgical dancing altar servers, as well as accusing priests of being narcissistic, claiming they act as if it is all about them. So why add more theatricality to the mix?
Deacon Kandra reports on a Preaching Boot Camp for Seminarians:
Detroit’s Sacred Heart Major Seminary has hired two professional actors to put priests-in-training through an acting/public speaking workshop nicknamed Preaching Boot Camp.
For the last several years, actors Arthur Beer and Mary Bremer-Beer have conducted the three-week workshops at the seminary. The seminarians are taught how to project, how to control tempo, and how to master timing in order to deliver a Biblical truth or a laugh line. - Read more here.Prayer works. If a priest prays - if he ruminates the Scriptures - he doesn't have to worry about technique, style, presentation, or getting a laugh.
To get them to tap into their emotions, the men were asked to write and deliver speeches about their mothers — and to read those speeches to their moms. - ibidReally? Pray. Be men of prayer. Eat the Word of God. Fall in love and live in union with Christ in the Eucharist. Some of the best saints were not polished speakers but they prayed. Nothing wrong with speech therapy - but the emphasis shouldn't be on performance. Be natural and learned and holy, and speak from the heart.
Jim and Tammy Bakker were dramatic preachers. So was Kathryn Kuhlman. Joel Olsteen is great too - maybe get a teleprompter then. Entertaining the faithful is not what it's about - you don't need schtick.
Please don't add any more drama or comedy to the homily 'segment' - and don't try to master timing or deliver punch lines. It's already too much with all the musical numbers, orchestrations, and laity prancing around the sanctuary. How much do we have to endure?
Okay boys. More drama!
You need pathos!
Throw open your arms
as if to embrace the congregation!
Then throw in a joke!
End with a Marty Haugen tune ...
Try, "All are welcome ..."
Then ask them to be generous
in the collection basket.