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The sermon was a regular part of the eucharist in the early centuries of the church. However, preaching had become infrequent by the late middle ages. Luther's Latin rite of 1523 called for a sermon to be preached at every eucharist. Sermons were preached in the churches of the Reformation on Sundays and during the week. But the integral connection of the sermon to the liturgy was obscured in many Protestant churches. The 1549 BCP required a sermon or the reading of a homily at each eucharist on a Sunday or holy day. The 1552 BCP made no exception to the requirement of a sermon on weekdays. The sermon came to be emphasized in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Anglicanism. Many colonial Anglican churches in North America were built with prominent pulpits. The ministry of preaching has at times been given special emphasis by evangelicals. The importance of the sermon was not emphasized by the nineteenth century liturgical revival in Anglicanism. However, the twentieth-century liturgical movement has tended to reclaim the sermon as an integral part of the liturgical celebration. 

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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