photograph of a censer; photographer unknown, taken on 24 September 2005 at the Southeastern Eucharistic Congress, Charlotte; swiped off the Wikipedia web siteAlso known as

  • thurible


  • Latin: incendere, to burn; thuribulum, incense holder; thus, incense


A metal vessel in the shape of a vase or cup, with cover suspended by chains. It is used for burning incense at solemn offices of the Church. The cleric who carries it is called thurifer (incense-bearer).

MLA Citation

  • “censer”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 August 2018. Web. 18 January 2019. <>