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Devotee banishing with thurible at Semana Santa evening procession. Catedral Primada de Santiago, Antigua, Guatemala

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Photo ➝ Devotee banishing with thurible at Semana Santa evening procession. Catedral Primada de Santiago, Antigua, Guatemala

Catholic devotee banishing with incense burned a thurible during the Semana Santa processions (Holy Week processions) at night in front of Catedral Primada de Santiago (Saint Joseph Cathedral) in Antigua, Guatemala.

Semana Santa procession. Holy Week procession. La Antigua (Antigua UNESCO World Heritage Site), Department of Sacatepequez, Guatemala, Central America.

"A thurible (via Old French from Medieval Latin turibulum) is a metal censer suspended from chains, in which incense is burned during worship services. It is used in Christian churches including the Roman Catholic, Maronite Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic and Oriental Orthodox, as well as in some Lutheran, Old Catholic, United Methodist, Reformed, Presbyterian Church USA, Anglican churches (with its use almost universal amongst Anglo Catholic Anglican churches). In Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Anglican churches, the altar server who carries the thurible is called the thurifer. The practice is rooted in the earlier traditions of Judaism in the time of the Second Jewish Temple.

Beyond its ecclesiastical use, the thurible is also employed in various other spiritual or ceremonial traditions, including some Gnostic Churches, Freemasonry (especially in the consecration of new lodges), and in Co-Freemasonry. Thuribles are sometimes employed in the practice of ceremonial magic.

The workings of a thurible are quite simple. Each thurible consists of a censer section, chains (typically three or four, although single-chain thuribles also exist), a metal ring around the chains (used to lock the lid of the censer section in place), and usually (although not always) a removable metal crucible in which the burning charcoals are placed. Many thuribles are supplied with a stand, allowing the thurible to be hung safely when still hot, but not in use. Burning charcoal is placed inside the metal censer, either directly into the bowl section, or into a removable crucible if supplied, and incense (of which there are many different varieties) is placed upon the charcoal, where it melts to produce a sweet smelling smoke. 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 word "thurible" comes from the Old French thurible, which in turn is derived from the Latin term thuribulum. The Latin thuribulum is further formed from the root thus, meaning incense. Thus is an alteration of the Greek word θύος (thuos), which is derived from θύειν (thuein) "to sacrifice"" (Wikipedia).

Location/Subject: Semana Santa - Holy Week Processions in Antigua, Guatemala
City/Town: Antigua
State/Province: Department of Sacatepequez
Country: Guatemala
Sublocation: Central America
World Region: Latin America
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