Weapons of Mass Destruction – The Thurible…

Weapons of Mass Destruction – The Thurible… May 7, 2012

So far we’ve seen holy water used as a means of crowd control and now this…

H/T Hermeneutic of Continuity

Here Fr. Finigan and Fr. Z ponder whether to ‘clink or not to clink’. For those non-Catholics the thurible clinks when it is swung and hits the chain. I never gave the sound any thought, quite honestly. Not when I’m used to hearing the sleigh bell sounds of a Byzantine censer’s bells. I think we’ve got the Romans trumped there. I wish I could find a nice video or sound clip to share with you. You’ll have to take my word; sleigh bells. The meaning of the censer is as beautiful as the sound it makes. Twelve bells on four chains represent the apostles. When they ring we are reminded of the apostles proclaiming the Gospel. Except the twelfth bell is silent; the Judas bell. The four chains are; God the Father [attached to the lid], the two natures of Christ [Human and Divine], and the Holy Spirit. All wrapped up in gold plating bringing together the three gifts of the Magi; gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Even the 72 links of the chain represent something. What, I forget at the moment.


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PS- See. Everything in the liturgy has meaning pointing back to God. It’s not just meaningless ritualistic pomp and circumstance, papá.

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  • Lynn

    Possibly the 72 years of Mary’s life?  I know we add two Hail Mary’s to our 7 decade Franciscan Crown rosary to make 72 for that reason.

  • Akosmowski

    Holy Smokes! now has new meaning.

  • 72 links, says my husband, are for the books of the Bible.

  • Fr. Frank

    Maybe the 72 (in some manuscripts) apostles sent out by Jesus in Luke’s gospel.

  • GB

    Hysterical clip! Wish I could find a Byzantine parish in the liturgical wasteland of our diocese-I’d be there for sure.

  • tcn

    Who knew we had ninja priests? Or were they brothers? Either way, our religion remains cooler than yours……

  • This post is missing something very important. Vitamin BXVI. http://youtu.be/XpvHaH36anA 

  • Linen on the Hedgerow

    Many thanks for the link, God bless.

  • This is sooo hilarious! i love it. (: