Stational Mass of San Clemente
As a young priest, I was always fascinated by the names of all the churches in Rome which have the daily Masses of Lent attached to them. The ancient custom in Rome used to be that in Lent the Pope would gather with the faithful in each of these churches day by day for a procession and Mass.
St Clement’s, Philadelphia, has for the last few years had a Sung Mass( the stational Mass of San Clemente, our Patron), on the Monday after the Second Sunday of Lent, in imitation of the Mass that is celebrated in the Church of San Clemente in Rome that day. I don’t know if any other churches do this on the day their own patron has such a stational Mass. But I appreciate the feeling of being part of this very ancient custom, even though we are far from the Eternal City.
Low Sunday is the day when you may see a fleeting smile on the face of an English celebrant as he begins the Mass, which is headed “Station at St Pancras”!