The Temple Institute: A Day in the Life of the Holy Temple: The Conclusion of the Daily Service

The Conclusion of the Daily Service

After the priests have concluded their sacred duties within the Sanctuary, bowed down and departed, they exit the Sanctuary and stand upon the twelve steps which lead down to the area before the altar.

The priests who attended to the inner altar's ashes, the menorah's wicks, the shovel, and the incense, all stand to the right of their colleagues (who brought the parts of the sacrifice up to the altar). They hold all the vessels they have been using in their service: the golden baskets which hold the ashes and wicks, the shovel and the incense utensils; now they place these vessels down and face the congregation. Turning towards all the people who have gathered in the Court, they extend their hands and recite the Priestly Blessing:

"May the L-rd bless you and keep watch over you;
May the L-rd make His Presence enlighten you, and grant you grace.
May the L-rd direct His providence towards you, and grant you peace."

"The priests will place My name on the Children of Israel, and I will bless them" (Numbers 6:38-42).

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