- a sermon or a brief hortatory introduction to a sermon, usually delivered at a service at which the Eucharist is celebrated.
Origin of prone2
- lying flat or face downwards; prostrate
- sloping or tending downwards
- having an inclination to do something
Word Origin and History for prones
c.1400, "naturally inclined to something, apt, liable," from Latin pronus "bent forward, leaning forward, bent over," figuratively "inclined to, disposed," perhaps from adverbial form of pro- "before, for, instead of" (see pro-) + ending as in infernus, externus. Meaning "lying face-down" is first recorded 1570s. Literal and figurative senses both were in Latin; figurative is older in English. Related: Proneness.
- Lying with the front or face downward.
- Having a tendency; inclined.
- In a prone manner.