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Those of you who can bear to tear yourselves away from looking for images of the Blessed Virgin in your grilled cheese sammiches may be interested to know that Msgr. Ronald Knox’s The Mass In Slow Motion has been reissued.  (Curiously, this is not a product of the Ignatius Press.)

I’ve been on a bit of a Knox bender this Advent, rereading The Creed in Slow Motion and Hidden Streams.  While I have not (yet) read TMISM, I have often heard it cited as containing some of Knox’s best sermons, so when Mrs. Robbo said, “Why don’t you order it then with my compliments? Merry Christmas,” I of course did so.

My church stocks in the pews a book that I always think of as the “User’s Guide” to the Traditional Mass.  In addition to the texts laid out in Latin and English on opposite pages, it contains margin notes explaining what the celebrants are doing and why.  Of course, the discussion of each point is necessarily limited.  While I’ve learned an awful lot, I am very much looking forward to plunging into the whys and wherefores more deeply.

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