Why Do They Use Incense at Catholic Funeral Services?

2 answers | Last updated: Sep 12, 2016
A fellow caregiver asked...

Went to a Catholic funeral mass & the priest blessed the coffin with a smoky incense. Why is this done?

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Barbara repa answered...

In the Catholic faith, incense is often used at ceremonies and services.

Many see it as a symbol of prayers or the soul of the deceased person rising. It is also used as a sign of reverence and dedication, used at funeral services to honor and commemorate the dead.

A fellow caregiver answered...

Lots if symbolism in Catholic faith. I believe the metaphor is in Psalms about prayer "rising like incense".