Because of the fragrance of your good ointments your name is as ointment poured forth …
Song of Solomon 1:3
Across the spectrum of Christian spiritual tradition, from the sacramental to the puritan, fragrance has described the beauty and intimacy of connection with the Divine.
I recall in 1991, visiting the shrine of the Feeding of the Multitudes in the Galilee district. It was on a lonely hillside overlooking the famous biblical body of water. I was suddenly overcome by the powerful aroma of freshly baked bread – a childhood memory that had become almost tangible to touch and taste.
One of those once in a lifetime mystical and numinous experiences? Or the unlocking of that part in my brain where memories are stored?
Whichever, it is an experience and fragrance I remember, savour and treasure.