Q 25. What is the significance of burning incense during Mass?

Fatima Mendoza, Dallas, USA

Judaism and many ancient religions used incense as an important element of their worship. According to the scriptures, God directed Aaron the high priest, ‘to burn a perpetual incense before the Lord throughout the generations’ (Ex 30:8). A well-known passage from the book of Psalms is found in 141:2: “Let my prayer be counted as incense before thee, and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice”. Another important reference is found in the book of Revelation where St. John describes, “the smoke of the incense rose with the prayers of the saints from the hand of the angel before God” (8:4).

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