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This short video shows the thurible designed by Edmond Johnston in Dublin in 1916 being used in the Honan Chapel.

A thurible is a metal censer suspended from chains, in which incense is burned during Mass. It is used in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican and other churches. In Catholic and Anglican churches, the altar server who carries the thurible is called the thurifer.

The workings of a thurible are quite simple. Heated charcoal is inside the actual metal censer. Incense, sometimes of many different varieties is placed upon the charcoal by the priest. 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 handed to the priest or deacon for censing.

The jobs of a thurifer include:

  • Holding the thurible while the priest is blessing the incense inside of it.
  • Carrying the thurible in procession.
  • Presenting the thurible to the priest or deacon at different times in the service, (for, at the Gospel readings and before the Eucharist at Mass).
  • At Mass, if no deacon is present, the server censes the priest after the priest censes the gifts.

Animation of the Mosaic Floor

Mosaic Floor Animation

The above animation shows the artistary and unique design of the mosaic floor. The mosaics were designed by the firm of Oppenheimer in Manchester. The subject of the floor is the "River of Life", which flows down the nave of the Honan Chapel. This symbolises the life-giving nourishment of the sacraments of the Church.

The mosaics in the Honan Chapel were designed by Ludwig Oppenheimer Ltd., Manchester. The firm was founded in 1865 in Manchester and operated until 1965. Their mosaics are known in Ireland, England, France and the United States. The style of the Honan Chapel floor mosaics is a fusion of neo-Byzantine and neo-Celtic elements.

The imagery and inscriptions within the mosaic floor draw their inspiration from the created world, and the words are from the song of praise to God in the Canticle of the Three Young Men in the Fiery Furnace (Daniel III, 57-58) - in Latin, but here translated

All ye works of the Lord, bless the Lord
Praise and exalt Him above all for ever
O ye seas and rivers, bless the Lord
O ye whales and all that moves in the waters, bless the Lord
O all ye fowls of the air, bless the Lord
O all ye beasts and cattle, bless the Lord.........

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