The Temple Institute: A Day in the Life of the Holy Temple: Entering into the Sanctuary

Entering into the Sanctuary

The priest who is to attend the incense altar's ashes now enters into the Sanctuary, straight through the open gates. He carries the golden basket which we have mentioned above (p. 14) and makes his way into the holy place. Standing before the golden incense altar, he first places the basket down, on the Sanctuary floor. Then he removes excess ashes from the incense altar into his two palms, and transfers these ashes into the basket before him. When only a small amount of ashes were left over and the contents could not be gathered up into his palms in this manner, he used a small brush to sweep them straight into the basket. Concluding, he left the basket on the floor before him and exited - the basket would not be removed until later on in the service.

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