Incense Set – Incense · Charcoal · Wick | Mount Athos


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The incense set from Mount Athos consists of incense, wick and charcoal  of high quality. The burning of incense is a vital tradition of Orthodoxy.
Net Weight: 95g

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Mount Athos incense set, consists of incense, charcoal and wick of the highest quality. The burning of incense and oil lamp are two very vital traditions of our church, with a long history and deep symbolism.

Incense may be used in Christian worship at the celebration of the Eucharist, at solemn celebrations of the Divine Office, in particular at Solemn Vespers, at Solemn Evensong, at funerals, benediction and exposition of the Eucharist, the consecration of a church or altar and at other services. In the Orthodox Church, incense is used at virtually every service.

Incense is composed of aromatic plant materials, often combined with essential oils. Direct-burning incense (or “combustible incense”) is lit directly by a flame and then fanned or blown out, leaving a glowing ember that smoulders and releases fragrance. Direct-burning incense is either a paste formed around a bamboo stick, or a paste that is extruded into a stick or cone shape.

Oil lamps have represented spirit and spiritual ideas since ancient times. They have continued to burn in cathedrals, mosques, synagogues, churches, chapels, temples and other locations where the faithful gather for worship, prayer or meditation. The lamp contains an oil and a wick and, when lit, the lamp provides a source of life for several hours or even days. The light produced by the lamp may illustrate the illumination provided by spiritual insight, the presence of divinity or it may symbolize the continuation of life. Regardless of its meaning, the oil lamp has a place in all of the world’s major religions. In the Orthodox Church, an oil lamp still burns on the altar. The oil lamp in the Orthodox church is lit at the time the church is consecrated and is never allowed to go out. Referred to as the sanctuary lamp or altar lamp, it goes back to God’s command in Exodus that a lamp should always burn in the tabernacle. The sanctuary lamp symbolizes the presence of God.

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Net Weight: 95g

The practice is rooted in the earlier traditions of Judaism in the time of the Second Jewish Temple. The smoke of burning incense is interpreted by both the Western Catholic and Eastern Christian churches as a symbol of the prayer of the faithful rising to heaven. This symbolism is seen in Psalm 141 (140), verse 2: “Let my prayer be directed as incense in thy sight: the lifting up of my hands, as evening sacrifice.” Incense is often used as part of a purification ritual. In the Latin rite of the Roman Catholic Church, whenever the thurible is swung to incense people or objects, it is always done in groups of three swings (to represent the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit; the precise number depends on the level of sanctity of the object being reverenced, and if a person whether the person is alive or dead and whether they are a cleric or a layperson, and if a cleric, their rank within the hierarchy).

In the Revelation of John, incense symbolises the prayers of the saints in heaven – the “golden bowl full of incense” are “the prayers of the saints” (Revelation 5:8, cf. Revelation 8:3) which infuse upwards towards the altar of God.

The incense set from Mount Athos consists of incense, wick and charcoal of high quality. The burning of incense is a vital tradition of Orthodoxy.

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