Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the second most powerful man in Iran, is delivering the Friday sermon in Tehran.
A Gaylard Williams Sunday sermon (which lasted for 45 minutes on average) was something to behold.
Why has the government suddenly allowed him to leave his home and attend the Friday sermon?
To a standing ovation, he ended his sermon by urging God to “bless us all.”
Remember, Jerry Falwell himself, in a 1965 sermon called “Ministers and Marches,” denounced mixing religion and politics.
At Bodfari I heard the second lesson read, and the sermon preached in Welsh.
Still I had not absolutely forgotten the sermon, nor all my good resolutions.
It was therefore Bishop Mountague, and not Laud, who licensed the sermon.
Only this very morning I read her a sermon upon 'Propriety, and the fitness of things.'
Even the gayest of our lyrists, Herrick, has something to say about that flower that is as powerful as a sermon.
c.1200, sarmun, "a discourse upon a text of scripture; what is preached," from Anglo-French sermun, Old French sermon "speech, words, discourse; church sermon, homily" (10c.), from Latin sermonem (nominative sermo) "continued speech, conversation; common talk, rumor; learned talk, discourse; manner of speaking, literary style," originally "a stringing together of words," from PIE *ser-mo-, suffixed form of root *ser- (3) "to line up, join" (see series).
Main modern sense in English and French is elliptical for Latin sermo religiosus. In transferred (non-religious) use from 1590s. The Sermon on the Mount is in 5,6,7 Matt. and 6 Luke. Related: Sermonic; sermonical; sermonish.