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- n. An acolyte who carries a thurible.
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- n. an acolyte who carries a thurible.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An acolyte who carries the censer.
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- n. an acolyte who carries a thurible
As at the Offertory of Mass, the thurifer comes to the priest, who imposes incense without blessing it, and, accompanied in the usual way by the deacon and subdeacon, incenses the Host and chalice, Cross and altar as at a Solemn Mass, genuflecting whenever he passes before the Sacrament.
All enter the church in procession, first the thurifer, and an acolyte who carries the five grains of incense on a plate, then the subdeacon with the Cross, the acolytes, the attending clergy, the deacon, carrying the reed, and the priest.
The deacon and thurifer go to the lectern, which is set where the Gospel is normally sung.
All genuflect in the middle together, the thurifer in the middle of the torch-bearers, who genuflect in a straight line across the sanctuary.
The thurifer goes to the foot of the steps. on the epistle side of the altar.
They stay here fill after the elevation, the thurifer at the epistle side waits till just before the consecration.
The thurifer takes some coals from the Paschal fire and places them in the thurible.
The thurifer rises, comes to the middle, genuflects arid takes the thurible out.
The thurifer kneels on the lowest step on the epistle side, facing the gospel side.
At the Sanctus the thurifer comes accompanied by the torch-bearers.