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An acolyte who carries a thurible.

[Latin thūrifer, incense-bearing : thūs, thūr-, incense; see thurible + -fer, -fer.]
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) a person appointed to carry the censer at religious ceremonies
[C19: from Latin, from tūs incense + ferre to carry]
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(ˈθʊər ə fər)

a person who carries the thurible in religious ceremonies.
[1850–55; < New Latin, n. use of Latin t(h)ūrifer incense-bearing =t(h)ūr-, s. of t(h)ūs incense + -i- -i- + -fer -fer]
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Noun1.thurifer - an acolyte who carries a thurible
acolyte - someone who assists a priest or minister in a liturgical service; a cleric ordained in the highest of the minor orders in the Roman Catholic Church but not in the Anglican Church or the Eastern Orthodox Churches
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[ˈθjʊərɪfəʳ] Nmonaguillo m que lleva el incensario
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Thurifer if Belgravia is not a sounding brass and Tyburnia a tinkling cymbal.
From an early age he regularly attended Clumber Catholic Chapel where he became a boy acolyte and later, the adult thurifer.
His name was Ken Smith and he was the thurifer most Sundays.
John, Robert Small as Thurifer, and Eric Strand as banner bearer.
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He acted as Server or Acolyte or Thurifer every Sunday with an eagle eye to keep the ceremonial up to scratch.
After lighting the altar lamp, for instance, the thurifer gently sweeps his hands near the flame to bring "light" to his eyes, mind and heart.
For those who don't take their church that High, the boat boy is the acolyte who carries the incense, accompanying the thurifer, who wields the incense-burning censer, alongside other acolytes such as the crucifer and the bell ringer.