The offering of incense in Christian worship is abrogated; its practical and symbolical use to sweeten the air is not. Would it be wrong to use the holy incense of Exodus 30.34–38 to cense the air for the reading of the Gospel at Holy Communion, and at the singing of the Te Deum or Magnificat in the Daily Office – or, for that matter, the holy anointing oil (Ex 30.23–33) to sign baptizees with the sign of the Cross to represent their ordination into the priesthood of all believers? Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
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