This week’s liturgical blink, “What’s with the incense?”

From the 2014 series, “Everything you wanted to know about liturgy*”, on CatholicTV.



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Harold M. Frost, III, Ph.D.
May 20, 2015 10:49 am

Thank you, Bishop Christopher, for your little video on incense in the Liturgy. Your commentary stimulated me to see if the topic could be opened up a bit to help me relate the religious concept of incense as an extraordinary liturgical practice, to my ordinary daily life as a layperson in Christ. So I went to the Vatican web site and found a pertinent homily by our Holy Father, from which this small part is quoted. “It is curious to think of “blessing God” because “He is the Blessed One”. [next para.] In truth, it is an important gesture, because “when I bless God, I praise Him”, and this praise rises “like burning incense”. Prayers of praise aren’t done habitually, yet, Francis highlighted, it was Jesus himself who taught us, “in the Our Father, to pray this way: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…”. ” Source of extract: Pope Franicis’s morning meditation in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae at Vatican City State, with title of “Like burning incense,” delivered Thursday, 16 October 2014, as published by L’Osservatore Romano, Weekly ed. in English, n. 43, 24 October 2014.