[quote="Credo_in_Deum, post:2, topic:252094"]
Our prayers and supplications rising up to the Heaven.
“and the smoke of the incense rose with the prayers of the saints… before God” (Revelations 8:3-4).
[quote="Pfaffenhoffen, post:3, topic:252094"]
In the old times, the incense was considered perfume. Do you like it?
Now, with Channel n.5 it is outdated but I still like it.
Perfums were expensive and it ws offered to God.
[quote="daCatholicGuard, post:5, topic:252094"]
Hello Angela 77, et al,
The adoption of the practice of incensation in the Christian Church is unknown; however, the earliest documented evidence of it dates back to the Fifth Century. It symbolically represents our Christian zeal; the sweet smell of virtue and an “offering up” of the Church’s prayers and supplications.
During High Mass: the Altar, Gospel, Celebrant, acolytes and congregation are all blessed with incensation. It is also done during the Consecration. It is also practiced during the Holy Office prayers of Lauds and Vespers.
I usually burn a Frankincense incense cone when I say a Rosary. You could also do when reciting the Divine Mercy Chaplet or the St. Michael Chaplet.
Hope this helps. :)
Oremus pro invicem,
Sean C. :knight2:
Technical data provided by "A Catholic Dictionary" by Donald Attwater; TAN Publishing, 1997. (Reprinted from Macmillan Edition, 1931, 1949, 1958).
[quote="DeAquin, post:6, topic:252094"]
The Holy Mass by Dom Prosper Gueranger, has a beautiful section in it where the author explains that the church having had the veil between this world and the next lifted a little in the Book of Revelations uses incense in order to copy the practices of the Angels in heaven 'assisting' at the Heavenly Altar. The verse he references is Revelations Chapter verses 3-4 'And another angel came, and stood before the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given to him much incense, that he should offer of the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar, which is before the throne of God.  And the smoke of the incense of the prayers of the saints ascended up before God from the hand of the angel'
It's certainly a beautiful idea!:D
[quote="ProVobis, post:7, topic:252094"]
Yes, this is the way I understand it as well. When the priests was offering sacrifice in the Old Testament, it was the burnt offerings that he could actually see rising to please God. That could be extended to our prayers as well.
[quote="OraLabora, post:9, topic:252094"]
Incense has been around, as part of prayer, since pre-Christian times:
All correct. And one of the most wonderful things about the Gregorian Rite (TLM/EF) is it's all there, all tied together in 4 short solemn prayers !
** May the Lord, by the intercession of blessed Michael the Archangel, who standeth at the right side of the altar of incense, and of all His Elect, vouchsafe to bless † this incense and receive it as an odor of sweetness: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May this incense, which Thou hast blessed, O Lord, ascend to Thee and may Thy mercy descend upon us.
Let my prayer, O Lord, be directed as incense in Thy sight: the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.
Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth, and a door round about my lips.
May my heart not incline to evil words, to make excuses for sins.
May the Lord enkindle within us the fire of His love, and the flame of everlasting charity. Amen.**
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