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Incense and Charcoal

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The use of incense was common in religious rites, where many used it to keep various demons away. Herodotus, the Greek historian, kept records that stated it was popular among the Assyrians, Babylonians, and Egyptians. In Judaism, the Lord instructed Moses to build a golden altar for the burning of incense (Exodus 30:1-10), placed in front of the veil at the meeting tent's entrance to the ark of the covenant.

In the liturgies of Sts. James and Mark, the use of incense was prescribed. A Roman Ritual of the seventh century marked its usage in the procession of a Bishop to the altar or on Good Friday. In the Mass, an incensation at the Gospel appeared very early; at the offertory, in the eleventh century; and at the Introit, in the twelfth century.

Incense and charcoal for purification and sanctification

The altar and sanctuary area are incensed at the beginning of Mass, while Psalm 50 was chanted, invoking the mercy of God. The smoke symbolises prayers of the faithful going up to heaven: “Let my prayer come like incense before you; lifting up my hands, like the evening sacrifice” (Psalm 141).

In addition, incense also creates the ambience of heaven: The Book of Revelation describes the heavenly worship in Revelation 8:3-4. Find the highest quality for your parish via the Christian Supplies listings below.