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September Highlights

2009 September 2
by Gordon Reid

02_ShrineA whole new month stretches ahead at St Clement’s. What will it contain for me? Here’s a partial list.

1st:      St Giles, patron of my home city of Edinburgh. The old parish church was dedicated to St Giles; then it became an Episcopalian Cathedral till the Episcopal Church was ousted by the Presbyterians. Now it is officially “The High Kirk of St Giles” (you understand that “high” is being used in quite a different sense from its use in St Clement’s!), though everyone calls it St Giles’ Cathedral.

4th:      Our monthly Requiem Mass when we gather up all who have died and for whom we have been asked to pray in the past month, and also the September Chantry list of past clergy and benefactors. Of course I say other Requiems as needed, but this is an omnium gatherum.

Also on the 4th, the wedding of Kevin O’Rourke and Shannon Brucker.

6th -8th:     Labor Day weekend break in Lewes, Delaware, with old friends.

8th:      Our Lady’s Birthday, nine months (not surprisingly) after her Immaculate Conception.

9th:      Southwark Deanery Clericus at St Peter’s, Philadelphia. When I first arrived on these shores, I called in Suth’rk, as in Southwark Cathedral, London. But I was soon put straight and learned to say South-Wark.

11th:     St Protus & St Hyacinth. As well as praying for Patricia Routledge, I’ll be remembering the little church in the Cornish village of Blisland dedicated to these martyrs, which Sir John Betjeman called the prettiest church in England. It has a glorious Rood Screen.

12th:    The Horticultural Society’s Members Day in the Navy Yard, when they give away wonderful shrubs and plants to those of us who have paid our yearly subscription.

13th:     Fr Wall, our curate’s, last Sunday with us before he goes to be Rector of St Andrew’s, State College, PA. A grand reception is planned for after the High Mass and a suitably generous check to be presented to him.

20th:     Solemnity of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady. Our guest preacher will be Prebendary Bill Scott, Sub-Dean of the Chapels Royal in London.

24th:     Our Lady of Clemency, the dedication of our own Marian shrine.

That’s just a selection. The daily Mass and Office will go on as well as the ministries of the telephone, the computer, the hospitals, the Rectory door. I never wake up to the same day twice – which is one reason why I think that a parish priest has one of the best jobs in the world

4 Responses leave one →
  1. September 3, 2009

    Nice nod to Lady Bucket! A favorite of mine, Father.

  2. David O'Rourke permalink
    September 3, 2009

    South Wark? Oh my! Perhaps I’m being a snob but I don’t think I could bring myself to say that.

  3. Tom permalink
    September 4, 2009


    When do you celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross?

  4. John Burrows permalink
    September 6, 2009

    As you pray for Patricia Routledge on the 11th, you may like to add a prayer for the repose of the soul of her dear brother, Canon Graham Routledge of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, who died in 1989.

    The only occasion I set foot inside a church for a service of worship between my graduation in the early 1960s and the 1990s (when I found S. Clement’s), occurred when Patricia was visiting me in Dallas, Texas. In her quietly insistent way she asked me to find her a nice Anglican church where she could receive Holy Communion. I’m not sure she was crazy about the Rite II Mass celebrated by a lady priest that I found for her, but she didn’t complain.

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