I got a good question from a priest friend via e-mail. This could be a good point of discussion.
Any word on why the Holy Father did not incense the altar personally at vespers [that is, papal vespers on 31 December], or why it was done using two deacon-thurifers instead of one?
With all of the restoration going on, I couldn’t imagine the Pope or Marini innovating – is it some obscure part of former Papal ritual?
Just curious, and I haven’t seen any further discussion about it on any of the comboxes.
Here is an image I posted a few days ago.
As you can see, the (Non-cardinalatial) deacons incensed the altar.
I have been celebrant for solemn vespers quite a few times. In that role I incensed the altar.
What’s up with this?