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October 5, 2009


TGIM is the priestly version of TGIF. We love Mondays! Monday may not be our official day off, but it is the day after Sunday, and whatever we have to do is done in a more casual way than is possible on most Sundays.

Yesterday at St Clement’s was a good Sunday and very busy. I started at 7.30 a.m. with Morning Prayer in choir, to which just a handful of people come. Then I said the 8 o’clock Mass in the Lady Chapel. By the time that was over, the choir members were beginning to arrive to rehearse the music for the 11 o’clock High Mass. This week was the first Sunday since June that we have had the full choir. All summer we have had quartets, who have sung very fine short settings of the Mass, but today was full-throated Victoria!

We had as our visiting preacher Canon Martin Warner, Canon Treasurer of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and Master of the Guardians of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Because of the close links  between our own shrine of Our Lady of Clemency and Walsingham, Canon Warner is also one of the Priest-Guardians of the St Clement’s shrine, so it is very appropriate that he should have come during our 150th Anniversary Year.

We kept Sunday as an External Solemnity of the Feast of the Holy Rosary, so the Mass setting was the lovely Missa Salve Regina by Tomas Luis de Victoria. The sixteen-voice choir sang it beautifully; Canon Warner preached a fine sermon (which can be heard on our web site); and at the end, I blessed dozens of long-stemmed roses, yellow and red, which were then distributed to the congregation. And all this in an hour and a half!

Sunday was finished off at three o’clock (religiously speaking anyway) with Sung Vespers, Benediction, and the Novena Prayers at the Shrine of Our Lady of Clemency.

So you can see why the dawn of Monday is greeted with a sigh of contentment. There is lots to do, but I will do (some of) it with my spiritual batteries charged by Sunday’s varied offerings of praise and sacrifice. Now I can tackle my to-do list, which has about thirty items on it. Maybe by the end of Monday there will be only twenty-eight!

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  1. October 9, 2009 8:11 pm

    TGIM indeed! It is a day of comparitive freedom for the clergy after the scramble and worry of the weekend!

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