Granulated aromatic resin, carried in an incense boat and sprinkled by a

small spoon upon a live coal in the censer (a vessel like bowl with a

cover, suspended by chains). The priest swings the censer as the person or

object is incensed; the dignity and importance of the object determines the

use of a single or double swing.

Cardinal Newman, in DEVELOPMENT OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE, 1949 edition, page

349, admits that incense is of pagan origin.

Msgr. O'Sillovan, in EXTERERNALS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, page 278, tells us

that the use of incense is dated to the fifth century.

Roman Catholic writers all admit that the use of incense is either of pagan

or Jewish origin, yet we know that the New Testament Church repelled the

introduction of Jewish laws (Acts 15:10).


- the Bible teaches that incense symbolizing prayer can be used in

churchers when offering praise and worship to God (Rev. 8:3; Psalm 141:2).

Hence in Catholic ceremonies, the use of incense has a scriptural basis."

From THE CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA. "Duiring the first four centuries there is

no evidence of its use. In the Roman Catholic Church, incensation at the

Gospel of the Mass appears very early - at the Offertory in the 11th

century, at the Introit in the 12th and the Benedictus and Magnificat of

the canonical hours about the 13th century, and in connection with the

Elevation and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament about the 14th century.


Comment by Alex Dunlap. "How early is very early. For at least 10100 years

there was no incense pot swung at Mass. Yet RC writers have the audacity to

say this practice appears in church history `very early.' This is like

saying 12 noon is very early in the day."

Roman Catholic writers admit that the use of incense in religious

ceremonies is of Jewish or pagan origin. The New Testament Church repelled

the introduction of Jewish laws (Acts 15:10). Use of incense is dated to

the fifth century (EXTERNALS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, Msgr. O'Sullivan, p.

278). Pagans, on joining the Church, had introduced many pagan customs.

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