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By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 18, 2006

In the sacristy of your parish you'll find an "ordo," an annually-issued liturgical almanac that lists the commemorations and readings of the day, and so forth. Only Ronald Knox could respond to his new ordo with a book review, and pull it off:

The fabled clergyman who gave out from his pulpit, 'Today is Easter Day; last Friday was Good Friday, but as it was overlooked it will be kept next Friday,' might have spared himself these embarrassments if he had possessed a copy of the unpretentious but tastefully produced booklet that reaches us from Burns, Oates & Washbourne, entitled Ordo Recitandi Divini Officii, etc., etc., etc. (1/6 net). The author modestly preserves anonymity, nor does he betray his identity by any marked individuality of treatment; but his colleagues will be glad to welcome a piece of solid work from his pen, and will not fail to recognize his attention to detail and his terse, nervous Latinity.

From The Edmundian, April 21st, 1923.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 18, 2006 11:47 PM ET USA

    Beautiful! Ronald Knox was a genious, as many acknowledge. Tooo bad that he couldn't be more known in the Novus Church . . . . .

  • Posted by: - Apr. 18, 2006 12:49 PM ET USA

    "...his terse, nervous Latinity." Wonderful!

  • Posted by: NonSumDignus - Apr. 18, 2006 7:07 AM ET USA

    Thank you for this wonderful little nugget from Ronald Knox! I have often thought a careful reading of his remarkable book, "Enthusiasm," would be a good antidote for much of what troubles our Church these days. By the way, as a former sacristan "back in the day," it still sets my teeth on edge when there are liturgical "mishaps" which could be avoided simply by consulting and following the Ordo for the day. Happy Easter!