from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A censer used in certain ecclesiastical ceremonies or liturgies.
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- n. A censer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A censer of metal, for burning incense, having various forms, held in the hand or suspended by chains; -- used especially at mass, vespers, and other solemn services.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Censer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a container for burning incense (especially one that is swung on a chain in a religious ritual)
The thurible is a little shorter than one that might be used in a parish and it is used with one hand only - one swing for each member of choir.
The fire is sprinkled with holy water immediately after the prayer, then carbons from the fire are placed in the thurible, followed by incense, and the fire itself is incensed.
After the warning bell the first acolyte puts incense into the thurible.
Incense is put in the thurible, the deacon asks for and receives the blessing of the priest, then receives the book from the Master of Ceremonies.
The thurifer rises, comes to the middle, genuflects arid takes the thurible out.
The thurifer takes some coals from the Paschal fire and places them in the thurible.
The book for the singing of the Exsultet is placed on the altar, incense is put in the thurible, the deacon asks for and receives the blessing of the priest; all this is done with the normal rites for the singing of the Gospel at Solemn Mass.
The priest puts incense in the thurible, and sprinkles with holy water first the fire, then the five grains of incense; he then incenses both the fire and grains, as is generally done in such blessings.
After the three deacons have departed, the deacon, subdeacon and acolytes perform all of the rites which normally precede the Gospel procession; the Missal is moved to the Gospel side, the Gospel book is placed on the altar, incense is imposed in the thurible, the deacon says the “Munda cor meum”, asks for and receives the blessing of the celebrant, and they all go to the place where the Gospel is normally sung.
Monsignor Sacrista received the key from the celebrant, opens the Sepulchre while the Pope places incense in the thurible, and thrice incenses the boat.