Incense Burners and Censers – Matthew F. Sheehan
The burning of incense is an integral part of many Christian rites and ceremonies. Typically, the incense is burned in a special vessel such as a censor, allowing the clergy member presiding over the service to direct the sweet-smelling smoke into the crowd. Believed to have spiritual significance, burning incense has been a part of many religious practices for centuries. The type of incense used, as well as the type of burner, may vary from church to church. Matthew F. Sheehan offers a large selection of incense burners and censers to choose from to make it easy to find the right vessel to suit your needs.
An incense burner is simply a metal vessel that is used to hold incense as it is burned to release the sweet smoke. Designed for tabletop use, incense burners are often small in size with an open top and high sides. This particular shape enables for easy burning while directing the smoke upwards. Incense burners come in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes.
One of the most common types of censers used is the chain censer. A chain censer, sometimes called a Catholic incense burner, includes a metal vessel that is similar in design to a thurible attached to a long chain that allows the assembly to be swung. A small portion of charcoal provides the heat needed to burn the incense during the ceremony. In Eastern churches, there are often 12 small bells attached to the chains that ring as the censer is swung. The bells are meant to symbolize the Twelve Apostles, with one bell being silent to represent Judas. In some churches, the censer is blessed before being used.
A hand censer contains a metal vessel or lidded bowl attached to a handle. The bowl or vessel is used to house a small amount of incense to be burned. The censer is carried by the clergy member presiding over the services and the smoke may be directed by hand to cleanse individuals, rooms or items.
Whether you’re looking for a tabletop incense burner, a chain censer or a hand censer, Matthew F. Sheehan has the styles you want at competitive prices. We are one of the largest suppliers of church goods in the nation and take pride in offer the best selection of premium church supplies. Shop today and find the right incense censer for your needs.