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Our Lady of Clemency

2010 June 16
by Gordon Reid

Unlike certain Sicilian villages, we do not think that “our” Madonna is more powerful than the Madonna in the next-door church! But we do love to invoke the loving help of our heavenly Mother under different titles. And it is most fitting that St Clement’s church should have a shrine to Mary called Our Lady of Clemency. This echoes the words of the Salve Regina “O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary”, the Marian anthem with which we end Evensong every day in St Clement’s.

And every day, Evensong is followed by prayers at the shrine, prayers for the parish, parishioners’ needs, the sick, the departed; as well as prayers for the wider Church, the peace of the world, the conversion of our nation.
We offer them all up to God and ask Our Lady to join her voice with ours. People send us requests for prayers from all over the country and, indeed, from all over the world, and we sum them all up with the Novena Prayer, which is an “omnium gatherum” which I commend to your use. Here it is in full:
“Blessed Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, glory of our Church and Mother of all Christians: of the generous love and courtesy wherewith thou hast ever served the people of God, be pleased to take our needs to him. As we kneel before the throne of our Eucharistic King, do thou bow before His presence in Heaven and plead our cause for us, and by thy mighty intercession obtain for us the petitions which we ask of God during this Novena, that Jesus may triumph over the prince of this world, and souls be blessed and saved, and God glorified in us all for ever and ever. Amen.”

4 Responses leave one →
  1. Paul Goings permalink
    June 16, 2010

    Unlike certain Sicilian villages, we do not think that “our” Madonna is more powerful than the Madonna in the next-door church!

    Speak for yourself!

    I’d put money on Our Lady of Clemency against any other cultus in the Archdiocese, with the possible exception of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (and maybe Our Lady of Czestochowa).

    And of course the blessed Virgin is invoked at S. Clement’s under two other titles as well: Our Lady, Queen of All Saints and Mother of Fair Love and Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.

    So I would think that, contra the strange opinions of a Fr Ernie Davis, devotion to the Immaculate Queen of Heaven is alive and well amongst Anglo-Catholics.

  2. Tom permalink
    June 28, 2010

    Mary is such a prominent figure in the life of the Church. She has so many titles and roles to play, that I think we have forgotten her special place entrusted by the Father to her. She brought Christ into the world in human form to bring salvation to mankind. Se said yes to the Father and He blessed her with many graces throughout her life. Putting money under her statute, praying to her to intercede for us with the Father, and invoking her name at liturgy is proper and fitting. She would probably tell is that she does not want such honor and praise , that is for her Son alone. We have the duty to ask her to help us out whenever we need help and to sing her praises all the days of our lives, for she is the Mother of God and the Mother of the Church. Two very important dates of her life are fast approaching us, the Assumption and her birthday. Get the flowers out and hope that she smiles on our endeavors.

  3. Jeff Ezell, PhD permalink
    June 30, 2010

    Given that Our Lady of Guadalupe is Patroness of the Americas, I’d like to see devotion to her cultus systematically promoted amongst Anglo-Catholics. More relevant to American Anglo-Catholics, certainly, than Our Lady of Walsingham, and in my opinion more edifying in terms of what the apparition of Our Lady to S. Juan Diego has to convey to us.

  4. Paul Goings permalink
    July 1, 2010

    I very much agree with Dr Ezell, which is why I am glad that the cultus of Our Lady of Guadalupe has been promoted at S. Clement’s for some years. To a certain extent we are limited in what we can do, as it falls in Advent and so close to the feast of the Immaculate Conception. However, we have had a High Mass when her feast falls on a Saturday, and her First Vespers when it falls on a Monday.

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