From a reader:
First let me say I am a long time reader of your blog. Thank you for all that you do.
A few years ago I found a brass censer on eBay which I bought. The exterior is quite tarnished, and the interior is a bit corroded with the copper plating missing in some places. There’s a small ding at the base.
Nonetheless, I floated the idea of attempting to restore it and let my children present it to out priest as a gift to celebrate the Year of the Priest. I started polishing it up, and dang it if it doesn’t look pretty sharp. He does not currently use a censer; but if he has an inkling in his heart to do so, perhaps this would be a little encouragement.
Do you know of any reason why this would not be an appropriate gift? Would it be acceptable even if it is clear that the item is not new (I won’t even attempt to remove the small ding, fearing I’d only damage it further)?
Do you have any thoughts on this sort of gift? Are you aware of any considerations I should keep in mind when continuing?
First, it is good that some of this old stuff is being rescued and cleaned up and … hopefully… used.
A lot of that ecclesiastical hardware is is pretty expensive new.
Also, I can’t see why it would not be a good gift to some parish where the priest is trying to get things going again.
Something like this might be a source of encouragement.
I would also present it along with some incense and some charcoal, so that it is easy to start using it right away.
I suspect most people would like to have more solemn liturgy on occasion, and the use of incense can go a long way in making it so.