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An ordinary green Sunday

2010 January 18
by Gordon Reid

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.

5 Responses leave one →
  1. Russell Fuhrman permalink
    January 19, 2010

    I am astonished at the miniscule turnouts for such extraordinary liturgies. How can St. Clement’s afford and justify such services to say nothing of needing a curate. Please tell us the secret that allows you to punch above your weight!

  2. January 19, 2010

    It’s only possible because of a large endowment; plus the extraordinary generosity of our parishioners. We have always had two full time priests, plus a lot of retired or non-stipendiary assistants. On feast days, I have seen a dozen Anglican and a few RC priests in the congregation. I suppose we are more a shrine church than a parish church.

  3. January 20, 2010

    Nothing unusual indeed! May your ministry of Catholic worship bear fruit in the Anglican Communion for years to come.

  4. January 22, 2010

    Thank God your shrine church is alive and well with the extraordinary leadership of Canon Reid. I am a priest-in-charge’s wife who counts people at our services every Sunday and Feast day and ask my husband for the daily noon time counts. We are the only church in the diocese that has a daily Mass. It is important for churches to be open for prayer no matter how many souls attend. I am enormously grateful for the ministry of St. Clement’s parish in every way. Long may you wave.

  5. February 8, 2010

    I continue to enjoy your blog very much. I am thankful we are in a church tradition where the numbers on Sunday morning aren’t the beginning and the end.

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