When I arrived at St.Joseph Church in Macon in 2004, I began to implement the use of incense on an every Sunday basis at our 9:30 AM and 12:10 PM Mass. Incense was seldom used here until my arrival. I noticed that for some parishioners quite unaccustomed to the sense of smell at Mass, started to cough even at the sight of the thurible, let alone the sight of incense smoke.
Now in my seventh year, I hardly ever hear anyone cough at the sight of the thurible or the actual incense streaming out in a haze of intoxicating delight. In my previous parish in Augusta, the Metro Spirit, an alternative newspaper, made me the cover boy of the weekly, with a picture that filled the front page of me incensing the altar at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity. I have it framed in my sitting room!
But now I am inspired by the Spaniards and Pope Benedict's delight at what he saw and experienced this past Saturday in Spain. So this Sunday, my parishioners will see a gargantuan, giant thurible of the nth degree hanging from the cupola of St. Joseph swinging madly in front of them, very similar to the one in this video! Enjoy:
NOW IF YOU DON'T THINK THAT'S COOL, THEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT COOL IS! LEAVE IT TO THE SPANIARDS!