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Daily Catholic Question

Why is there incense in Church ceremonies?

Incense was used by Jewish people before the time of Jesus as a way of symbolizing their prayers. “Let my prayer come like incense before you; the lifting up of my hands, like the evening sacrifice,” says verse two of Psalm 141. In Exodus 30:1-10, God describes how the altar of incense is to be constructed in the sanctuary and calls for an incense offering in the morning, plus another in the evening.

Incense was used by pagan religions before Judaism began. Christianity simply adopted the custom, which is observed by Catholics and Orthodox Christians. In the sixteenth century, most Protestant groups rejected incense, along with statues and vestments.

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013
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Gianna Beretta Molla: 
		<p>In less than 40 years, Gianna Beretta Molla became a pediatric physician, a wife, a mother and a saint! </p>
		<p>She was born in Magenta (near Milano) as the 10th of Alberto and Maria’s 13 children. An active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Gianna earned degrees in medicine and surgery from the University of Pavia and opened a clinic in Mesero. Gianna also enjoyed skiing and mountain climbing.</p>
		<p>Shortly before her 1955 marriage to Pietro Molla, Gianna wrote to him: “Love is the most beautiful sentiment that the Lord has put into the soul of men and women.” She and Peter had three children, Pierlluigi, Maria Zita and Laura. </p>
		<p>Early in the pregnancy for her fourth child, doctors discovered that Gianna had both a child and a tumor in her uterus. She allowed the surgeons to remove the tumor but not to perform the complete hysterectomy that they recommended, which would have killed the child. Seven months later, Gianna Emanuela was born, The following week Gianna Beretta Molla died in Monza of complications from childbirth. She is buried in Mesero.</p>
		<p>Gianna Emanuela went on to become a physician herself. Gianna Beretta Molla was beatified in 1994 and canonized 10 years later.</p>
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