Apr 102014
 

With the Holy Week just around the bend, we find it opportune to offer incense starter kits for those who burn incense for prayer, particularly those who are just starting the practice.  These are sold in sets.  Items are not sold individually.  These items are hard to find — if ever — here in Cebu or in the Philippines.  Stocks for these are limited.

Incense Starter Set A

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This set includes the following:

  • Basic Incense Burner Cup
    • made of brass
    • includes brass screen
    • 2.5 in. diameter, 2.5 in. height
    • decorative etching
    • free trivet
  • Pontifical Incense Blend (1/2 oz) – Pontifical Incense Blend brings together frankincense, myrrh, aromatic herbs and spices, and essential oils  to create the traditional incense scent common in many of Vatican City’s churches, cathedrals, shrines, and basilicas.  It exudes a bright and sweet aroma, with hints of spice and mild florals.  This mix of loose grains is of top-notch quality, perfect for use at High Mass or private prayer.
  • Petrus Incense Blend (1/2 oz)If the mix of pure frankincense and pure myrrh is the base of all blends — the fundamental, classic blend — then Petrus takes the fundamental blend a few notches higher.  This ancient recipe brings together frankincense, myrrh, and benzoin granules (in black, red, and natural colors) to create a clean, crisp, and strong scent suffused with floral notes.  It is perfect for silent meditation, daily Mass, or private prayer.
  • Sweet East African Frankincense (1/2 oz) — This comes as small-size grains or tears imported from Eastern Africa.  Being of natural origin, it burns very cleanly and does not leave any molten residue or charred leftovers long after it has released its lingering, vivid, and fluid lemony aroma with hints of evergreen.  Pure frankincense resin was treasured especially by Coptic Christians in East Africa, by the Byzantine Empire, and nearly all of Christendom.  This can be burned alone, with myrrh, or in a blend/mix and is perfect for prayers at any time of the day or night.
  • Pure Somali Myrrh (1/2 oz) — This type of myrrh produces a clear, subdued, earthy-watery scent with faint notes of dried leaves crushed after being soaked in the rain.  The very clear, fluid, and smooth aroma sometines transitions into a soft bitter, woody scent before ending in the plain scent of slow-burning wood.  It does not irritate the eyes or nose.  Like pure frankincense, Pure Somali Myrrh can be burned alone, although the practice is not very common.  It is best burned with frankincense or in a blend/mix.  The relaxing scent of myrrh when burned alone makes it perfect for meditation, quiet reflection, and private prayer.
  • FREE Self-lighting Basilica-grade Charcoal (4 tablets)
  • FREE shipping within Cebu Province

Price: PHP 1,815.00
Shipping add-on (outside Cebu Province): PHP 60.00
Availability: In Stock

Incense Starter Set B

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This set includes the following:

  • Small Incense Burner Bowl (Honey Gold Finish)
    • made of brass
    • includes brass screen
    • 3.0 in. diameter, 1.75 in. height
    • gold or silver/chrome finish
    • free trivet
  • Pontifical Incense Blend (1/2 oz) (see description in Incense Starter Set A)
  • Petrus Incense Blend (1/2 oz) (see description in Incense Starter Set A)
  • Sweet East African Frankincense (1/2 oz) (see description in Incense Starter Set A)
  • Pure Somali Myrrh (1/2 oz) (see description in Incense Starter Set A)
  • FREE Self-lighting Basilica-grade Charcoal (4 tablets)
  • FREE shipping within Cebu Province

Price: PHP 1,405.00
Shipping add-on (outside Cebu Province): PHP 60.00
Availability: In Stock

Incense Starter Set C

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This set includes the following:

  • Deep Incense Burner Urn
    • made of brass
    • includes brass  screen
    • 3.5 in. diameter, 4.0 in. height
    • decorative etching
    • free trivet
  • Pontifical Incense Blend (1/2 oz) (see description in Incense Starter Set A)
  • Petrus Incense Blend (1/2 oz) (see description in Incense Starter Set A)
  • Sweet East African Frankincense (1/2 oz) (see description in Incense Starter Set A)
  • Pure Somali Myrrh (1/2 oz) (see description in Incense Starter Set A)
  • FREE Self-lighting Basilica-grade Charcoal (4 tablets)
  • FREE shipping within Cebu Province

Price: PHP 2,270.00
Shipping add-on (outside Cebu Province): PHP 60.00
Availability: In Stock

Shipping and Delivery

Orders are shipped right away after payment is received and cleared.  Only next-day, door-to-door delivery is available.  Shipping/delivery is free within Cebu Province.

Payment Method

The following payment methods are accepted (in order of preference):

  • PayPal (accepts major credit cards)
  • direct bank deposit
  • intrabank fund transfer

Contact Information

For orders, inquiries, comments, suggestions, etc., please email thep...@gmail.com or send SMS to 0922-242-2184.  No calls, please.

Dec 242010
 

Christmas is NOT about Santa Claus.

Christmas is NOT about noche buena.

Christmas is NOT about peace, justice, forgiveness, reconciliation, love.

Christmas is NOT about gifts.

Christmas is NOT about family.

Christmas is NOT about partying with friends.

Christmas is NOT about children or the children-at-heart.

What, then, is Christmas all about?

Or, the better question would be, WHOM is Christmas all about?

Christmas is all about a newborn child, a specific kid—not kids in general.

Christmas is about that boy, whose nanay and tatay were refused accommodation in the inns.

Christmas is about that boy, born in a stable, wrapped in cloths used by commoners.

Christmas is about that boy, whose birth was witnessed by animals.

Christmas is about that boy, whose birth was the cause of angels’ partying.

Christmas is about that boy, whose first human visitors were common folk—shepherds, to be precise.

Christmas is about that boy, whose birthplace was pointed to by a brilliant star.

Christmas is about that boy, who was worshipped like a king by three star-studying scholars from distant lands.

Christmas is about that boy, who was the target of a shoot-to-kill manhunt ordered by a jealous king.

You would think that Christmas is about joy and laughter.  You are wrong.  Christmas is about humiliation, self-humiliation of a God who had to take on human flesh in order to carry out a salvific plan.  The humiliation of Christmas is the direct contrast of the exaltation and victory of Easter.  Yet, one cannot exist without the other, and both are inextricable threads of the whole salvation story.

What, then, is Christmas all about?

Or, the better question would be, WHOM is Christmas all about?

Once you realize the answer, you will discover many of your Christmas rituals and activities meaningless, until you bring Christ back into Christ-mas.

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