THIS WEEK IN 1995: Incense set to bring people closer to God

Portsmouth Cathedral was set to swing the '˜smoking handbag' every Sunday in a bid to help people get closer to their maker.

Tuesday, 2nd May 2017, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:48 pm

But church bosses said they would review their decision if the incense smoke bothered too many congregation members.

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Until 1995 the cathedral only used the fragrance on special occasions such as Easter and Christmas.

But they decided to use incense – with exotic names like basilica and rosa mystica – in their 200-strong 11am communion service each Sunday in a bid to help people get on the ‘God wavelength’.