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San Clemente

2011 March 22
by Gordon Reid

Tonight we had the Mass for the Monday after the Second Sunday in Lent. “So what?”, I hear you say. But you would not, if you knew that the Mass of that day is designated as the Lenten Stational Mass at the Church of San Clemente in Rome. In days of yore, the Bishop of Rome would visit forty ¬†churches in his city on the forty days of Lent, and today was when he went to San Clemente.

This year, our Head Server is in Rome for a visit, and I am sure he was in San Clemente for the Stational Mass. We here in the American St Clement’s echoed the Litany of the Saints and the Mass set for the day. I think next year we will try it in Latin, as it was celebrated for centuries. I wonder if the Irish Dominicans, who now run San Clemente, had ¬†it in English? Larry will tell us when he gets back.

3 Responses leave one →
  1. ambly permalink
    March 22, 2011

    One might point out, if my memory serves me correctly, that your St Cement’s might well resemble that St Clement’s more closely had the architect had his way with the renovations.

    • Br Steven CR permalink
      March 26, 2011

      This is true. The sanctuary of S. Clement’s was to be practically a copy
      of San Clemente in Rome—this was the idea that Father Moffett had.
      The second architect of S. Clement’s, Horace Wells Sellers, had received
      sketches and data from Rome and even prepared a sketch according to
      the late rector (he died in 1904), but it was the vestry who felt the plan if
      carried out would change the whole character of the sanctuary so the idea
      was abandoned and so Sellers followed the lines of the old apse and had the
      roof raised incorporating lancet windows in the clerestory.

      • ambly permalink
        March 26, 2011

        Horace Wells Sellers was born in my house.

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