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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Dirigatur ad te oratio mea sicut incensum

When tobacco came from the New World, pipes, which caught on in England and France, never became popular in seventeenth-century Rome, but snuff did, and became a peculiarly ecclesiastical practice, sanctioned in the sanctuary, and perhaps clearing those noses which learnt to distinguish, with appreciative sniffs, the various kinds of incense which were brought out, like wine from a cellar, with an excellence matched to the importance of the occasion. Quoted by Douglas Woodruff (1897-1978), historian and journalist.

As testimony to the highly developed olfactory senses of priests, at one Solemn Mass while presenting the thurible I was duly informed to "exchange" the "odorous" incense for something with a far more pleasing fragrance.

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