And I saw the seven angels who stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
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incense: He offered incense from the prayers of the saints. For the Church entrusted to Him her prayers, saying, "Let my prayer be directed before Thee, as incense." The same is said both to have taken of the prayers of the saints and to have offered, because the prayers of all can come with a sweet savour to the Father by Him. smoke. When Christ the Lord offered Himself a sacrifice of a sweet savour, the compunction of heart in the saints was made acceptable, for this arises from fire within, and like smoke is accustomed to excite tears.