from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A book containing a collection of homilies or sermons to be read on Sundays and other days.
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Paul the Deacon's homiliary, especially with the support of the Carolingian court, became the standard collection that formed the heart of the breviary tradition up to Vatican II.
Furthermore, Paul incorporated a number of monastic synthetics; Gregory and Bede are at the core of his homiliary.
Picking up the second in particular, I remain convinced that most patristic wisdom in the West came through the early homiliaries, reaching fixed form in the works of Paul the Deacon's homiliary and Smaragdus's catena on the Gospels and Epistles.