We find the use of incense as far back as the Old Testament, such as Psalm 141:2, “Let my prayer be set forth before you as incense; and the lifting up of my hands be as an evening sacrifice.” In Malachi , it says, “…and in every place incense is going to be offered to my name.” Much of our worship comes from the Hebrew rites and traditions established before Christ, including the reading of Psalms (which are in every service of the Orthodox Church), incense, chanting, and much more.Incense is made from aromatic plant matter, (the good smelling plant parts) and a binding agent to hold it together, either oil or resin.Holy Week in 2018 begins with the celebrations […] A New Year, a new set of opportunities This New Year is offering us a new set of opportunities for spiritual growth.
Also, it describes the distinctive art and architecture that developed as an early expression of the new faith.
The Coptic Church is based on the teachings of Saint Mark who brought Christianity to Egypt during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero in the first century, a dozen of years after the Lord's ascension.
Inside of the Censer, we place a piece of charcoal and on top of the charcoal we place incense.
The fragrant smoke that is produced reminds us of our prayers rising to God while the gold censer resembles a church and helps us remember to pray.
The Three Hierarchs The Feast of the Three Hierarchs and Hellenic learning: The Great theologians and preachers of Christianity from the 4th century, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom, stand out as the people who provided a transition from the pagan flavor of Classical Education to the Christian synthesis between Classical learning and the Gospel.
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This is also typically done in other services as well, but Orthros is probably the most common, and usually takes place an hour before Liturgy begins.
(Go and check it out, if you haven’t seen it before.) The Orthodox Church’s worship is to engage the human person, in body and soul.
It’s hard to believe, but there was a time without regular showering and forced air ventilation.