Fr Ray of St Mary Magdalene, Brighton on boring preachers.

What I don’t get is this: when you’re up there preaching you can see the people. You can tell if they’re sleeping. You can actually see when they are bored to tears. Why then, do preachers week in and week out continue to preach poorly and too long?

My take on it is this: there is no correct length for a homily. For a good preacher thirty minutes is too short. For a bad preacher five minutes is too long.