An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church


A small metal pot on chains in which incense is burned during the eucharist and other liturgies. The thurible is also known as a censer. The term is derived from the Latin for “incense.” Fragrant smoke is produced when incense is spooned onto hot charcoals inside the thurible. The smoke escapes through holes in the thurible, especially when it is swung. The thurible is carried in procession by the thurifer. The apocalyptic vision recorded in Revelation mentions use of a censer by an angel (Rv 8:3, 5). See Incense; see Thurifer.

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