OrthodoxChristianity.net
April 21, 2014, 03:38:22 AM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News: The Rules page has been updated.  Please familiarize yourself with its contents!
 
   Home   Help Calendar Contact Treasury Tags Login Register  
Pages: 1   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Incense  (Read 3231 times) Average Rating: 0
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
Quinault
Protokentarchos
*********
Offline Offline

Faith: Eastern Orthodox
Jurisdiction: Antiochian
Posts: 4,315


What about frogs? I like frogs!


« on: December 21, 2007, 03:14:59 PM »

Do the different types of incense have specific meaning? Are there certain days when certain incenses are used?

I can smell at least three distinctly different types of incense. One is sort of "soapy" smelling, one is rich and spicy, and one is a heady permeating incense that is used the majority of the time.

Or is my nose just really strange due to the piece of metal I have in there? Wink
« Last Edit: December 21, 2007, 03:15:25 PM by Quinault » Logged
Entscheidungsproblem
Formerly Friul & Nebelpfade
Protokentarchos
*********
Offline Offline

Faith: Machine God
Posts: 4,495



WWW
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2007, 03:21:53 PM »

I know when my Priest came back from a trip to Mount Athos, he brought back containers of incense, and there were over 20 different ones.  Their meaning and how many there are, I have no idea.
Logged

As a result of a thousand million years of evolution, the universe is becoming conscious of itself, able to understand something of its past history and its possible future.
-- Sir Julian Sorell Huxley FRS
Athanasios
Latin Rite Catholic faithful to the Holy Father and the Magisterium
OC.net guru
*******
Offline Offline

Faith: Catholic
Jurisdiction: Latin Church Diocese of Youngstown
Posts: 1,800


The Divine Mercy


« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2007, 03:25:08 PM »

Hello,

The only one I know by name is Frankincense.

Anyone know how incense is made or from what it comes from?
Logged

Through the intercession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, may Jesus Christ bless you abundantly.

Pray that we may be one, as Christ and His Father are one. (John 17:20ff)

A.K.A. - JMJ_coder
SakranMM
Elder
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Eastern Orthodox Christian
Jurisdiction: Antiochian
Posts: 327

Most Holy Theotokos, save us!


« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2007, 03:54:19 PM »

We just use the ones that smell the best.  Yesterday at Liturgy, I put some old incense on the coal after the good stuff had run out, and it gave a horribly bitter smell.  I was talking to my priest afterwards, and he said that a young man told him once that it was to remind us of the "bitter-sweetness" of Christian life.  My priest thought this was nuts; he said that incense is to glorify God, and God is not glorified "by stink."

I think just use the one that smells best; don't stink up the church, it's supposed to be a "sweet-smelling sacrifice."
Logged

"And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us..."
JoeS
(aka StMarkEofE)
Site Supporter
OC.net guru
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox Catholic
Jurisdiction: OCA
Posts: 1,122


Global Warming Enthusiast.


« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2007, 03:57:55 PM »

Hello,

The only one I know by name is Frankincense.

Anyone know how incense is made or from what it comes from?

"Damascus Rose" is one of my favorites. Sweet aroma.
« Last Edit: December 21, 2007, 03:58:55 PM by JoeS » Logged
zebu
Mot à ta mère!
Elder
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox Christian
Jurisdiction: ROCOR
Posts: 338

aimovoroi tourkoi!


« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2007, 04:08:01 PM »

There are many kinds of incense, and I don't believe there is any significance as to which one the priest uses.  When I've served in the altar, I just put in whatever kind of incense is already open.  A lot of churches will use more expensive types of incense on major feasts.
Logged

Жизнь прожить не поле перейти
RPConover
Jr. Member
**
Offline Offline

Posts: 43


« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2007, 05:44:54 PM »

I usually get my incense from this place, http://www.stzosima.com/ it's some of the nicest I've ever smelled. Especially the egyptian amber and jordanville lilac. Some incense like frankincense any myrrh are just the sap of the plant. They basically just scar the tree/bush and collect the sap later, letting it dry then burning it. Other types are made by grinding frankincense and using that as a base and then adding essential oils and drying it.

I hope it's ok to put that link in there, I'm not advertizing or anything, they just have some really great incense.
Logged
wynd
High Elder
******
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox
Jurisdiction: OCA
Posts: 501


Transfiguration


« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2007, 09:22:11 PM »

"Damascus Rose" is one of my favorites. Sweet aroma.

The only one whose name I know is "Imperial Lavender." It's good stuff Smiley
Logged
username!
Section Moderator
Protokentarchos
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Ukrainian Orthodox
Jurisdiction: Pennsylvaniadoxy
Posts: 4,748



« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2007, 03:15:20 AM »

I know clergy that will put out the Rose scented incense for a Feast day of Mary.  A nice touch indeed.
Logged

Simayan
Site Supporter
High Elder
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox Christian
Jurisdiction: Ecumenical Patriarchate - GOA
Posts: 816



« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2007, 09:18:25 PM »

The only one whose name I know is "Imperial Lavender." It's good stuff Smiley

It certainly sounds Orthodox.  Grin

I'm not sure what type we use, bu i have noticed a distinct difference during Pascha.
Logged

"He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, nor mourning nor crying nor suffering, for the old order of things has passed away."
jlerms
High Elder
******
Offline Offline

Faith: Eastern Orthodox
Jurisdiction: GOA
Posts: 826


O sweet Jesus, cleanse my soul.


« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2007, 11:19:47 PM »

I think our Parish uses "cypress" incense...and it is my favorite!

Juliana
Logged
Alveus Lacuna
Taxiarches
**********
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox
Jurisdiction: Serbian
Posts: 6,672



« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2009, 03:00:35 AM »

I have been using one from Holy Transfiguration Monastery called "Gethsemane."  It's grown on me.
Logged
HandmaidenofGod
Archon
********
Offline Offline

Faith: Eastern Orthodox
Jurisdiction: Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA (Ecumenical Patriarch)
Posts: 3,378


O Holy St. Demetrius pray to God for us!


« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2009, 03:06:30 AM »

We just use the ones that smell the best.  Yesterday at Liturgy, I put some old incense on the coal after the good stuff had run out, and it gave a horribly bitter smell.  I was talking to my priest afterwards, and he said that a young man told him once that it was to remind us of the "bitter-sweetness" of Christian life.  My priest thought this was nuts; he said that incense is to glorify God, and God is not glorified "by stink."

 laugh  laugh  laugh
Logged

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jer 29:11
Michał Kalina
Stratopedarches
**************
Offline Offline

Posts: 21,465


WWW
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2009, 04:00:54 AM »

to SakranMM: put some wax from the candles on the coal instead Tongue
Logged

Byzantinism
no longer posting here
FrChris
The Rodney Dangerfield of OC.net
Site Supporter
Taxiarches
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox Christian
Posts: 7,252


Holy Father Patrick, thank you for your help!


« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2009, 10:33:24 AM »

to SakranMM: put some wax from the candles on the coal instead Tongue

One of my acolytes did exactly that a few weeks ago 'to see what would happen'.

He saw, and after a discussion with his priest, he no longer has any such desire to ever again repeat this action.  Cheesy
Logged

"As the sparrow flees from a hawk, so the man seeking humility flees from an argument". St John Climacus
Pravoslavbob
Section Moderator
Archon
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox Catholic
Jurisdiction: OCA
Posts: 3,076


St. Sisoes the Great


« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2009, 10:39:21 AM »

to SakranMM: put some wax from the candles on the coal instead Tongue

One of my acolytes did exactly that a few weeks ago 'to see what would happen'.

He saw, and after a discussion with his priest, he no longer has any such desire to ever again repeat this action.  Cheesy

LOL!!!   laugh
Logged

Religion is a disease, and Orthodoxy is its cure.
Andrew21091
OC.net guru
*******
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox Christian
Posts: 1,257



« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2009, 05:56:51 PM »

At my church, we use a ton of different incense that all comes from Holy Transfiguration. One of the more higher quality we use for major feasts is the Sinai incense which is made with oils imported from North Africa; that is one of my favorites. I recently just bought myself a hand censer for my icon corner and I bought Spruce Island, Bethlehem, and Mt. Athos rose incense and they are very nice.
Logged
scamandrius
Dr., Rdr. Scamandrius to you :)
Warned
Protokentarchos
*********
Offline Offline

Faith: Greek Orthodox Christian
Jurisdiction: Greek by desire; Antiochian by necessity
Posts: 5,325



« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2009, 06:49:33 PM »

Frankincense is used mainly during the Nativity Fast and Feast season because of its "historical" connections with the birth of our Lord.  Our priest has tons of Frankincense which he received as gifts from congregants who were traveling over in the Middle East and brought it back for him (He even gave me a bag).  But for the rest of the year, he is pretty particular to Damascene Rose.  I think that the sweetness of the aroma is particularly appropriate during the Paschal Season as that is what we believe Christ's tomb smelled of after it was opened.  Other than that, I have no idea as to the significance of the many "varietals" of incense.
Logged

I seek the truth by which no man was ever harmed--Marcus Aurelius

Those who do not read  history are doomed to get their facts from Hollywood--Anonymous

What earthly joy remains untouched by grief?--St. John Damascene
username!
Section Moderator
Protokentarchos
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Ukrainian Orthodox
Jurisdiction: Pennsylvaniadoxy
Posts: 4,748



« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2009, 06:51:08 PM »

I think it is key to use quality incense.  Holy Cross Skete in West Virginia makes quality incense.  I say quality because inferior incense can and will bother those with asthma.  Frankincense also seems to be good and why?  Because it is just Frankincense.  Recently we got incense in our parish that just seems to disturb people, it's inferior and harsh.  Sure it doesn't cost as much as others but it's worth spending more on quality incense.  A priest I know has asthma and only uses incense from Holy Transfiguration, he says it burns good and doesn't inhibit his breathing.  Recently we got a shipment of Rose and I think Ethiopian Frankincense from Holy Cross Skete, WV.  
Logged

Tags: incense 
Pages: 1   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.18 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.079 seconds with 45 queries.