Thurible @ Incense Boat

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Censers are any type of vessels made for burning incense. These vessels vary greatly in size, form, and material of construction. They may consist of simple earthenware bowls or fire pots to intricately carved silver or gold vessels, small table top objects a few centimetres tall to as many as several metres high. In many cultures, burning incense has spiritual and religious connotations, and this influences the design and decoration of the censer.

In the Eastern Orthodox Church, censers (Greek: thymiateria) are similar in design to the Western thurible, though they will usually have four chains: three outer chains attached to the bowl and one attached to the lid. This fourth chain passes through a hole the hasp and slides in order to easily raise the lid. There will often be 12 small bells attached to the chains, symbolizing the preaching of the Twelve Apostles. In some traditions the censer with bells is normally used only by a Bishop. Before a deacon begins a censing, he will take the censer to the priest (or the bishop, if he is present) for a blessing. The censers, charcoal and incense are kept in the diaconicon (sacristy).

The censer is used much more frequently in the Eastern churches: typically at every vespers, matins, and Divine Liturgy, as well as pannikhidas (memorial services), and other occasional offices. If a deacon is present, he typically does much of the censing; otherwise, the priest will perform the censing. Unordained servers or acolytes are permitted to prepare and carry the censer, but may not swing it during prayers. Censing is the practice of swinging a censer suspended from chains towards something or someone, typically an icon or person, so that smoke from the burning incense travels in that direction. Burning incense represents the prayers of the church rising towards Heaven. One commonly sung psalm during the censing is “Let my prayer arise in Thy sight as incense, and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.”[9] When a deacon or priest performs a full censing of the temple (church building), he will often say Psalm 51 quietly to himself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Censer

Thanks to Belen Sagales and her Family! May you receive God’s blessings a hundred-fold.

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