Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Occasionally we use incense

At Evening Prayer we often use this Opening Sentence: "Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice." (Psalm 141:2) I have often wondered, "If prayer is like incense, is incense like prayer?"

I like to use incense at Evening Prayer, Compline, and on special feast days of the Church, such as Christmas, Easter, and All Saints' Day. But if you want to see some amazing incense, check out this Youtube presentation of the use of incense at a service at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

If it makes you dizzy to watch the incense burner swing back and forth across the wide expanse of the church, just hang in there until the end when one of the priests(?) stops it from swinging. When I saw that I wanted to applaud, and lo and behold the people in the church began to applaud. It is amazing. Enjoy.

(cut and paste) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QFd_55El1I&NR=1

In peace,

The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

1 comment:

King of Peace said...

Now that is impressive use of incense!