Thuribles, Incense Boats & Spoons

A thurible is a metal censer suspended from chains, in which incense is burned during worship services. It is used in the Catholic Church as well as in Anglican (High), Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Lutheran, Old Catholic, and in various Gnostic Churches.  In Catholic, Lutheran, and Anglican churches, the altar server who carries the thurible is called the thurifer.    The workings of a thurible are quite simple. Burning charcoal is inside the metal censer. Incense, sometimes of many different varieties, is placed upon the charcoal. This may be done several times during the service as the incense burns quite quickly. Once the incense has been placed on the charcoal the thurible is then closed and used for censing.

 

The Roman Missal, as revised in 1969, allows the use of incense at any Mass: in the entrance procession; at the beginning of Mass to incense the cross and the altar; at the Gospel procession and proclamation; after the bread and the chalice have been placed upon the altar, to incense the offerings, the cross, and the altar, as well as the priest and the people; at the elevation of the host and the chalice after the consecration.  The number of swings of the thurible to be used when incensing persons or objects is specified in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal.

 

Use of incense was abandoned in the Church of England by the turn of the 19th century and was later thought to be illegal.  Today, the use of incense in an Anglican church is a fairly reliable guide to how 'high' (more Catholic in liturgical style) or how 'low' (more Protestant) the church is. Anglo-Catholic churches may use generous quantities of incense. In recent years, some middle-of-the-road Anglican churches have taken to using incense a few times a year for special occasions.

Incense Thuribles, Boats & Spoons

The number of points within the liturgy at which an Anglican church may use incense varies. If incense is used at the entrance procession, a thurifer holding the smoking thurible leads the procession and on arrival at the altar the bishop or priest presiding incenses it either immediately after the introit or during the Gloria in excelsis Deo, if this is sung.  Incense may also be used at the reading of the gospel: after the announcement of the gospel, the book is incensed left, centre and right.

 

If an Anglican church uses incense at only one point of the service, it does so at the offertory.  The gifts and the altar are first incensed; then follows incensing of the priest (three swings of the thurible), of the other clergy (single swing to the gospel side and another to the epistle side), the choir (single or triple swing to either side) and the congregation (a swing to the gospel side, another to the epistle side and another to the middle).

 

Incense is also used at Solemn Evensong, which by definition is a sung celebration of vespers with use of incense.

Incense Thuribles, Boats & Spoons

C88353 Thurible & Boat

A compact Thurible with choice of silver nickel or golden, gilded finish.  Comes complete with free incense boat to match.  Hammered finish lids to both.

 

Size 5 1/2" x 4 1/2 " (dia)

Incense Thuribles, Boats & Spoons
Incense Thuribles, Boats & Spoons

C88357 Thurible

A compact Thurible on chain with choice of silver nickel or golden, gilded finish.  Simple in design yet attractive and functional in use.

 

Size 4" x   3 1/2 " (dia)

Incense Thuribles, Boats & Spoons
Incense Thuribles, Boats & Spoons

C88361 Thurible, Boat & Spoon Set

Complete Thurible & Incense Boat set.  Nickel finish or Solid Brass complete with spoon.  Size 7" x 4" (dia).  An ideal set where all three items are required.

Incense Thuribles, Boats & Spoons
Incense Thuribles, Boats & Spoons

C88358 Incense Boat

Metal Incense Boat in a choice of Nickel or  Gilt Finish, complete with lid  -  Size 1" x 3 " (dia).  Spoon not included.

Available from stock

TH-704S Thurible

A wonderful and traditional style thurible.  Tough, nickel plated brass thurible. 

 

23cm height, 2kg in weight.

Available to order.

TH-741G Thurible

A wonderful and traditional style thurible.  Tough, gilded brass finish thurible. 

 

23cm height, 2kg in weight.

Available to order.

TH-742S Thurible

A wonderful and traditional style thurible.  Tough, nickel plated brass thurible. 

 

19cm height, 2kg in weight.

Available to order.

TH-743G Thurible

A wonderful and traditional style thurible.  Tough, gilded brass finish thurible. 

 

19cm height, 2kg in weight.

Available to order.

TH-744S Thurible

A wonderful and traditional style thurible.  Tough, nickel plated brass thurible. 

 

30cm height, 2kg in weight.

Available to order.

TH-745G Thurible

A wonderful and traditional style thurible.  Tough, gilded brass finish thurible. 

 

30cm height, 2kg in weight.

Available to order.

LE380 Incense Boat & Spoon

Nickel plated brass incense boat and spoon. Traditional shape in plain finish. 

 

8cm in height. 

Available to order.

LE381 Incense Boat & Spoon

Gilded finish, brass incense boat and spoon. Traditional shape in plain finish. 

 

8cm in height. 

Available to order.

LE382 Incense Boat & Spoon

An ornate Gilded finish, brass incense boat and spoon. Traditional shape in moulded, Gothic style decorative finish. 

 

7.5cm in height. 

Available to order.

LE383 Incense Boat & Spoon

An ornate Nickel plated finish, brass incense boat and spoon. Traditional shape in moulded, Gothic style decorative finish. 

 

7.5cm in height. 

Available to order.

LE384 Incense Boat & Spoon

An ornate Gilded finish, brass incense boat and spoon. Traditional shape in moulded, Gothic style decorative finish. 

 

7.5cm in height. 

Available to order.