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November at St Clement’s

November 1, 2009

11BeholdA new month begins in a few hours time, and it will be a busy one – but also a month full of good things.

Tomorrow, All Saints Day, we have a lovely setting of the Mass, the majestic Messe Solennelle by Louis Vierne. Our guest  preacher is Fr David Kennedy, Rector of the Church of the Holy Guardian Angels, Lantana, Florida, who is the Past Master of the Society of the Holy Cross.

The next day, Monday, is All Souls Day, when there will be Requiem Masses, culminating in a High Mass of Requiem and Absolution  of the Departed at the Catafalque at 7 in the evening, all sung to the haunting traditional Plainsong setting.

On Sunday, November 8, the 11 o’clock High Mass will be a Solemn Requiem for those who have given their lives in the defence of freedom in the wars of the last century (and, indeed of this). Because St Clement’s has had British Rectors in Fr Peter Laister and myself, the church will be decorated with the red poppies which became the symbol of the First World War, because after the guns were silenced, the devastated, barren land threw up thousands of red poppies.

On the last Sunday of the Church’s year, November 22, our preacher will be a member of the Community of the Resurrection of Mirfield, Yorkshire, Brother Steven Hawes, who was once a member of St Clement’s. Br Steven’s mother lives in Philadelphia, and so we are blessed with his visit home once a year.

The very next day, Monday, November 23, is one of the greatest days in our Calendar, the Feast of our Patron, St Clement of Rome. We have the last of our 150th Anniversary preachers that evening, Fr Fred Robinson, Rector of the Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota, Florida. No one else in our area, of course, keeps that feast; so we have a great many visitors, and I hope they will increase more and more.

These are only the special joys of November. The ordinary joys are of the daily Mass and Evensong and confessions; the Deanery Clericus (no, honestly, it is a joy to meet with my fellow clergy of this city – I may not agree with every one of their theological opinions, but I love their variety); a Requiem for a faithful old member; the Cathedral Chapter (I’m not quite sure what I am doing there!); a special Mass of Thanksgiving for a colleague’s anniversary; our own Vestry meeting; a Thanksgiving dinner in the Rectory for friends whom I have known from forty years ago to just a couple of years ago.

So there’s my November (or some of it) which begins tomorrow. By the way, who was the ass who first said: “You can’t put the clock back”? Of course you can, and I’m just off to do it.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Paul Goings permalink
    November 1, 2009 10:49 pm

    Um, Father? That photograph is of Good Friday, which only very rarely occurs in November.

    • Little Black Sambo permalink
      November 9, 2009 8:21 pm

      How can you tell that it is Good Friday – the angle of the sun?

  2. November 2, 2009 2:17 am

    I knew that, but it was black!

  3. Br. DM permalink
    November 6, 2009 2:34 pm

    uhm… isn’t it kind of strange to have a Requiem Mass on a Sunday? Am i mistakened to think that the old Form of the Roman Rite forbade such a practice?

    • November 6, 2009 3:03 pm

      You are quite right; it is forbidden by the old Roman rite. But thank God we are Anglicans and can choose to differ! And I’ve seen Requiems on Sundays in Italy, where they sit very lightly to the rules of either church or state. Church of England influences at St Clement’s have led to the keeping of Remembrance Sunday (not an American feast) with a Requiem at the 11 o’clock Mass. The 8 o’clock is of the Sunday.

      • Michael Thompson permalink
        November 9, 2009 1:09 pm

        The London Oratory have a Remembrance Sunday Solemn Requiem for the War Dead at 11am – but in the Ordinary Form

      • Michael Thompson permalink
        November 9, 2009 1:11 pm

        7.00 am Mass

        8.00 am Mass

        32nd Sunday of Ordinary time (Remembrance Sunday)

        9.00am Mass (Latin—1962 Missal)

        10.00 am Family Mass (sung English during term)

        11.00 am Solemn Mass of Requiem (Latin—Novus Ordo)
        Prelude: Vor deinen Thron,’ tret’ ich hiermit (668) Bach.
        Missa pro defunctis Du Caurroy.
        Versa est in luctum Alonso Lobo.
        Fugue in E flat (552) Bach.

        12.30pm Mass

        3.30 pm Solemn Vespers & Benediction
        Lucis Creator III Washington.
        Magnificat 1 à 4 Viadana.
        Justorum animae Stanford.
        Canzona in D minor (588) Bach.

        4.30 pm Mass

        7.00 pm Mass

    • Michael Thompson permalink
      November 10, 2009 7:28 am

      Rem Sunday High Mass of Requiem at the Birmingham Oratory

  4. David M. O'Rourke permalink
    November 9, 2009 10:42 pm

    Little Black Sambo! Of coures Paul Goings knows that the photo is of Good Friday because folded chasubles are being worn by the deacon and subdeacon (who happens to be Paul Goings). black folded chasubles are only worn oner day of the year and that is Good Friday.

    Of course that assumes that one uses the Rite as untouched by the reforms of the latter half of the 20th cent. including those of Pius XII. Summorum Pontificum open the gates on the 1962 Missal but everyone knows that that was a transitional Missal.

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