I was happy to see incense as one of our assigned topics because I am particularly fond of the kind we mainly use at Sts. Anargyroi. Demetrious, our altar boy coordinator, makes his own out of the resin from the trees in his yard. You will notice sometimes that there is a slightly woodsy smell – this happens when he chooses to keep particles of the wood from the tree in with the sap. We use other incense of course – people have over the years donated incense that they picked up overseas or at monasteries – but his is the go-to product.
I think of our community as being very home-grown. We make our own incense, the flowers on the soleas come from the garden outside, and so forth. A potential next step…making our own wine?