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Antique Russian Orthodox brass Hand Censer (Katzion)

A Hand Censer (Katzion) is a liturgical implement used during the Orthodox service on certain occasions. This consists of a bowl attached to a handle with the lid attached to the bowl with a hinge. In Greek practice, particularly as observed on Mount Athos, during the portion of Vespers known as "Lord, I cry unto Thee" the ecclesiarch (sacristan) and his assistant will perform a full censing of the temple and people using hand censers. Some churches have the practice of not using the chain censer during Holy Week, even by a priest or bishop, substituting for it the hand censer as a sign of humility, repentance, and mourning over the Passion of Christ. 

 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 05-L-SP1
  • Size: 6 inches (15 cm tall), 9 inches (22 cm) long with extended handle.
  • Age: Late 19th century
  • Origin: Northern Russia
  • Materials: Brass with folding wooden handle
  • Price: $275
  • Orthodox Cross
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