(Luke 13: 4-7)
As a non-catholic, have you been wondering why the Catholic priest burns Incense during the mass? Or as a Catholic, have you ever asked yourself why the incense is burn in the church and why it is done at a particular time.
In the Catholic church, an alter server carries a Thurible (like a container) which contains hot charcoal and Incense, and the alter server is called a Thurifer. The alter server is followed by a boat bearer who carries the receptacle ( a container that holds the incense alone).
During The Mass( High Mass), the incense is used 5 times,
* During the possession at the beginning of the Mass
* At the Alter before the opening prayer is said by the priest
* Before the gospel is read
* During consecration
* At the end of the Mass
Others times apart from the mass include,
* It is used for the paschal candle
* It is used for funerals
* It is used for the congregation
The Catholic church make use of incense because they believe the smoke from the thurible is like a burnt offertory which goes to heaven and its accepted by God. There are some passages in the bible that talks about incense and burnt offertory.
Psalm 141, and 140 which says “Let my prayer be directed as incense in thy sight”. In the book of Revelation, it represent the prayers of the saints and angels in heaven which is the golden bowl full of incense.