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Incense

               At my church I am in charge of organizing alter servers for each mass, and getting new servers for   mass. At funerals, Christmas and Ea  ster, I will usually do the incense. I love doing it. but it's not that  I love doing it, I love the symbol that it brings. I love when the smoke rises, and watching it rise up above. 



I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me;
    hear me when I call to you.
May my prayer be set before you like incense

Psalm 141: 1-2



The symbolism of the incense-which so many people cough to- is the rising of our prayers to heaven, that they are getting raised to heaven. It's part of the old traditions of the Jews, and early Christians. But I absolutism love it. Especially the gifts are blessed, and then the priest incenses them.

I'm not sure about you, but I Love it. I am usually the only one not coughing by the end of mass. I'm just so use to it. 

At the alter of the Lord, we have the burning incense and as it burns in rises up. In this passage we are asking God that our only prayer may be brought to him like our incense. When there is incense it is mandatory to incenses the pope/bishop/ priest present, before the people.

And knowing this then we can understand the passage. Because the incense is brought before him; just like our prayers are brought before him. And the imagery of the incense rising really comes into play in this part.


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