August 12, 2009

Sacristy Surprise

A pound of new, extra-special incense arrived in the mail this morning, to replace the stale old stuff we have been using for about a week. A funeral Mass with the pastor presiding was just beginning, so I ran over to the sacristy and switched out the old for the new in the incense boat, just to give everybody a pleasant, fragrant surprise.

All I could think of was, "We've secretly replaced Father's usual incense with Folger's Crystals."

7 comments:

pennyante said...

Loved it!!! :) I needed that laugh this afternoon! (chuckle)

Qualis Rex said...

LOL! Great one. I like how you put "fun" and "funeral" in the lables : )

Let's just hope it isn't the "hard stuff". Last thing you want is for the parishoners to get hooked on the smell of incense and have to come into church daily. Oh, wait...

Rachel Gray said...

I heard that at the cathedral in Sacramento there was a traditional Latin Mass being celebrated about a year ago, and boatloads of incense were being used. But the cathedral had recently had new up-to-code fire alarms put in, and whoever was monitoring them noticed that they were in danger of going off from the incense smoke. This would have turned the sprinklers on everybody. So the altar servers emptied the censor, but had no opportunity within the rubrics of the Mass to explain what was going on to the celebrant, who found himself swinging an empty censor and wondering why!

Rachel Gray said...

Oh, and as for getting hooked on incense...
http://oiboyz.blogspot.com/2008/07/incensole-acetate-incense-component.html

Ellen said...

Ah yes, but could he tell the difference!

Qualis Rex said...

Rachel, nothing like quality, grade-A, primo stuff (of course I'm referring to the Tridentine mass).

Barb, sfo said...

ROFL! Haven't heard that line in years. Guess it was kind of like switching out "decaf" and putting in "high-test!"