We used incense at two of our later services on Easter Day. As with anytime we use incense as an aid to prayer, there are some who find it helpful and some who find it a distraction.
Which is why we list one of our main choral services as “smoking” and the other as “non-smoking”. Just to make it clear to those who have strong feelings either way.
For me, assuming the thurifer is using quality charcoal so that we smell the incense and not the gunpowder used to keep the charcoal alight, I’ve always found the memories triggered by the smell of the incense to a be powerful tool in focusing my spirit to an attitude of prayer. My wife feels the same way. We’ve both made it clear in our funeral plans that we would like a great deal of incense to be added to the faithful Rite I prayers of the gathered people.
But this is a little over the top, even for me…
Thanks to Deacon Ormonde Platter for the pointer.