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.