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The Fame of St Clement’s

2010 July 27
by Gordon Reid

A visitor to St Clement’s on Sunday told me a surprising story. He and his family have just returned to Philadelphia from a cruise to Alaska. In Juneau, he went to see the little Russian Orthodox church, and there met the young priest. After buying some CDs of Orthodox music, he explained to the priest that his daughter sang in the choir of an Anglo-Catholic church in Philadelphia. He was astonished when the priest said: “Oh it must be St Clement’s!” He explained that he knew the church well through its wonderful website and listened to the choir singing the Masses throughout the year.

This warmed my heart, and I was able to tell our visitor that I often heard from a priest in an Episcopal parish in Hawaii, who finds our website a source of inspiration in producing the Mass in his own church.

We have thousands of on-line visitors from the Continental 48 states, but how wonderful to hear of fans in the two others.

9 Responses leave one →
  1. July 27, 2010

    Huzzah!
    And you have fans in even other parts of the Church catholic as well – this Lutheran greatly appreciates St. Clement’s web-presence.

  2. ambly permalink
    July 27, 2010

    “Their fame had gone out among the nations…” Ezechiel 16 1:14

    • Bromartin permalink
      July 28, 2010

      Wonderful music, and good sermons too. Father Reid is a good teacher, and has a great, relaxed delivery.

  3. July 28, 2010

    Aloha nui loa to Father Reid and the people of S. Clement’s.

    • Jason Rayburg-Elliott permalink
      July 28, 2010

      I knew that you must be the Hawaiian priest, Fr. Paul!

  4. David O'Rourke permalink
    July 29, 2010

    A modern people find the old style liturgy relevant? Doesn’t surprise me!

  5. Jeremy Haselock permalink
    July 29, 2010

    It would be wonderful to have the lovely prayer on the web site that concludes the daily shrine prayers to Our Lady of Clemency. The valuable ministry of intercession at the perpetual novena could be extended as others are led to use it daily.

    • Ron permalink
      July 31, 2010

      Father Jeremy, the Novena prayer at the Shrine of Our Lady of Clemency is on the S. Clement’s website, http://tinyurl.com/2uejm2h (or www. s-clements.org, click on Resources, then Prayers)

  6. Clint permalink
    August 6, 2010

    This website is a ecclesial treasure, even for skeptics like myself who nonetheless know that God blesses us everyday through parishes like this. As a musician for Roman Catholics, this has been a real inspiration and concrete resource as I seek to help them regain some sense of their tradition that many of them know they have lost and are hungry to regain. Thank you so much, Father, and thanks to all your staff and all who work so hard at St. Clement’s!

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