An ordinary green Sunday
The first of the green Sundays of the year, yesterday was a normal quiet Sunday for St Clement’s.
First, Matins from the 1928 Prayer Book (4 people). Then a quiet Low Mass, according to the English Missal, with the Anglican Canon, with 20 people. Then a joyful, colourful, Sung Mass (no Curate yet, so no Deacon) also according to the English Missal, but this time with the old Roman Canon, with about 70 people. Then Solemn Latin Vespers and Benediction from the old Liber Usualis, beautifully chanted by a schola of six men (20 people).
Nothing unusual, except that we had a second collection at the two Masses for the Episcopal Bishop of Haiti and the St Margaret’s Sisters, who have lost Cathedral, Convent, schools and homes. Even though the people had no warning of the collection, they raised almost $2000.00, a great result. and with due warning, who knows what we shall raise next week.
So it was an ordinary Sunday, but also extraordinary.