I was invited to visit a Coptic church a few years back. Let’s just say they are big on incense. It was a very beautiful service.
ROFL!! The Eastern Churches use incense extensively in their liturgies. Your comment reminded me of Fr. Mark Gruber's journey to visit the Coptic monasteries in Egypt. He describes rising at 3am to join the monks as they chanted the Psalms.
Both in St. Macarius and in St. Bishoi Monastery, the monks rise very early in the morning. Here they arise at 2:30am and begin prayer at 3am. Morning Prayer consists of more than seventy psalms which are sung, one after the other, with various antiphons, short hymns, intercessions, and incensations from 3:00am until 6:00 am - all of this done while standing! Then, at 6:00am the Coptic Mass (the Kodes) begins and continues till long past 9:00am. So, in fact, the monks have six hours of standing in a very thick cloud of incense every morning before they can even have their first glass of tea! This is the routine from which they never deviate; this is the routine which is the rhythm of their life, and it is exhausting. Nevertheless, it is also very moving, and the manner in which the monks celebrate these prayers is altogether genuine and sincere - nothing affected, no sense of drudgery, either ...
Journey Back to Eden
My Life and Times amond the Desert Fathers
Mark Gruber O.S.B.
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