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The Day of JudgementFirst Part.

“Then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke xxi. 27.)

How fearful a spectacle presents itself to-day before our eyes, and by how terrible a road does the Church begin, to conduct us towards Bethlehem, even from the first day of Advent, that there we may adore and offer our most loving and respectful homage, not to a sovereign Judge of the living and the dead, but to a gentle and humble Infant; not to a God Who thundering in the clouds condemns impenitent sinners to eternal anguish, but to a new-born Saviour, Who comes but to break our chains, (more…)

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Novena for the Religious Life


[Begins November 29th : Ends December 7th]

Antiphon: The husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth: and hath long patience for it.

V. In due season we shall reap.
R. If we faint not.

O Lord and Lover of souls, pour out, we beseech Thee, upon Thy Church, as in the old time, the spirit of Religious Vocation; and grant that those whom Thou dost call to give themselves to Thee in this Holy State may have strength to resist all temptations, and remaining faithful to Thee in this life, may obtain Thy eternal rewards in the world to come; Who livest and reigneth with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, throughout all ages, world without end.  Amen.

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S. Clement

I have often wondered how and why our Parish was placed under the patronage of S. Clement, but I have never been able to find a satisfactory answer to my query. The only plausible reason I have been able to discover is that of a prevailing fashion in names. In the earlier colonial days the Parishes were named for titles of our Lord, like Christ Church; or for the Apostles, like S. Peter’s and S. James’s; then there was a style for the mysteries of our redemption, like the Incarnation, the Resurrection, and the Ascension. About the time that our own Parish came up for a name, there was a fashion to choose the names of less prominent New Testament figures, like S. Timothy, S. Barnabas, S. Titus and S. Clement. Well, however we received the name of S. Clement, we are grateful and proud of our dedication. (more…)

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S. Catherine at S. Clement's PhiladelphiaThe Patroness of Learning.

It is not always that we know most about the principal Saints of the Church. Even about most of the Apostles, those who at the Last Day shall sit upon twelve Thrones, judging kindreds and nations and people, we are told very little, either by Holy Scripture or by the Church. And so it is with the Saint of this day. No Martyr has been more famous than S. Katherine, but we hardly know anything that is certain about her. The Legends which we read of her may be true, and are very beautiful; but they were not heard of till many centuries after her death, and therefore want the testimony, which genuine Acts require, of those who lived near the time to confirm them. (more…)

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This is the beginning of a series of articles on Vestments at S Clement’s, Philadelphia. Mass Vestments have been used here since the 1860’s. The Parish is still using today some of the same Vestments that were used in the very first Solemn Masses; it is likely these Masses were first offered on such days as Christmas and Easter. Of the two original white Mass sets, one remains, which will be described in a later article. We begin, however, with perhaps the most beautiful and most effective set of older vestments in Violet. (more…)

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S. Clement

All we know of the life of S. Clement may be comprised in a few lines, but those few lines are like the strokes of a clever artist, which suggest a whole picture to the mind’s eye of the beholder; for Eusebius tells us that he was the same Clement as was mentioned by S. Paul in his epistle to the Philippians as “My fellow-laborer, and whose name is in the book of life.” To be the fellow-laborer of S. Paul implies so much! for a fellow-laborer must in some measure also have realized S. Paul’s experience, and he too might have said that he had been “in labors abundant, in stripes above mea- sure, in perils from the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils among false-brethren, in labor and travail, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness, beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches” (2 Cor. 11: 27, 28). Indeed this must have been the experience more or less of every missionary of that time. But they too would have added, “None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus” (Acts 20:24) (more…)

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Fr. Joiner(Reprinted from S. Clement’s Quarterly, Winter, 1942. Preached by Father Joiner at the Solemn Mass and at the Annual Procession of Guilds, S. Clement’s Day, November 23rd, 1941.)

Parish Guilds are groups of like-minded communicants of the Church who are banded together with some definite object in view. The groups may be of men or women or children, and their objective may be the cultivation of the personal religious life, or some kind of missionary endeavour, such as propagating the Catholic Faith, or it may be purely humanitarian. A variety of such groups in the Parish life gives room for all kinds of people to be engaged definitely in some religious work under the direction of the Priests and the Sisters. Guilds have played a very conspicuous part in S. Clement’s Church ever since they were introduced into our parochial life by the Priests of the Society of S. John the Evangelist nearly seventy years ago. (more…)

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