‘Midnight Mass’ Review: Mike Flanagan’s Netflix Horror Series Is a Long Sermon Worth Hearing Out

‘Midnight Mass’ Review: Mike Flanagan’s Netflix Horror Series Is a Long Sermon Worth Hearing Out
Growing up Catholic, homilies tend to invoke more fear than enlightenment. Every Sunday, the repetitive, rigorously structured rhythms of Mass pivot on what the priest says during the ceremony’s one open-ended section. After the priest reads the day’s assigned passage from the Bible, he interprets the scripture however he sees fit. In theory, the homily is meant to help explain the oft-mysterious word of God — the priest, who God speaks through, finds meaning in these ancient words that reflects key lessons for the present day, bringing the clergy closer to the Lord and enriching their faith.

But a lot of priests just like to hear themselves talk. Unlike the other stages of Mass, which are pretty much set in stone, homilies provide free reign over what’s said and how long is taken to say it; they can be short, when the priest wants to emphasize his message
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