The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ABLUTION. This is an act of washing the body. In Scripture there are only a few doubtful references to washing for sanitary purposes. These references, the bathing of Pharaoh’s daughter (Ex 2:5), of Bathsheba (2 Sam 11:2), and of the harlots of Samaria (1 Kgs 22:38, RSV), are each also capable of explanation
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
ablutions. (1) The washing of fingers and chalice by the celebrant after the Communion in the Mass. The ceremony became part of the Eucharistic rite in the 10th or 11th cent. Its performance varied; the chalice usually received only one ablution with wine, and the fingers were rinsed either with wine
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
ABLUTION. A ceremonial washing, it might be of the person (or part thereof), clothing, vessels, or furniture, as a symbol of purification.1. Cleansing from the taint of an inferior condition preparatory to initiation into a higher one. Of this sort was the washing with water of Aaron and his sons before
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Ablutionor washing, was practised, (1.) When a person was initiated into a higher state: e.g., when Aaron and his sons were set apart to the priest’s office, they were washed with water previous to their investiture with the priestly robes (Lev. 8:6).(2.) Before the priests approached the altar of
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
ABLUTION — the ceremonial washing of one’s body, vessels, and clothing for the purpose of religious purification. This word is not found in the NKJV, but it occurs in Hebrews 6:2 and 9:10 in the RSV. In both places the Greek word is baptismos (literally, “dipping”), which can be translated “washings” (Heb.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ABLUTION<ab-lu’-shun>: The rite of ablution for religious purification seems to have been practiced in some form in all lands and at all times. The priests of Egypt punctiliously practiced it (Herodotus ii. 37). The Greeks were warned “never with unwashed hands to pour out the black wine at morn to
A Catholic Dictionary
ablution. A name given, in the rubrics of the Mass, to the water and wine, with which the priest who celebrates Mass washes his thumb and index-finger after communion. When he has consumed the precious blood, the priest purifies the chalice [see Purification]: he then, saying in a low voice a short prayer
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Ablution.—This word, in Catholic liturgy, has several meanings. Baptism, aspersion with blessed water, the washing of feet, that of the altars in Holy Week, the washing of hands at Mass after the Offertory, are ablutions. We speak here only of those that take place after communion. The word ablution
Dictionary of Theological Terms
AblutionFrom the Latin verb abluere, “to wash off,” it signifies a ceremonial and symbolic washing. In the OT priests and Levites were required to wash prior to performing their religious duties (Lev. 8:6; Exod. 30:19–21; Num. 8:21). Various things rendered an Israelite ceremonially unclean and required