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. 26 November 2019. Web. 26 July 2021. <>