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Memory of the deportation of the Jews of Rome during the Second World War

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

2 Chronicles 5, 1-10

Thus all the work done by Solomon for the Temple of Yahweh was completed, and Solomon brought in the gifts which his father David had consecrated; and he had the silver, the gold and all the utensils put into the treasuries of the Temple of God.

Solomon then assembled the elders of Israel to Jerusalem, all the tribal chiefs, the princes of the families of Israel, to bring the ark of the covenant of Yahweh up from the City of David, that is, Zion.

All the men of Israel assembled round the king at the time of the feast, that is, in the seventh month.

When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the Levites took up the ark;

they brought up the ark and the Tent of Meeting and all the sacred utensils which were in the Tent; the levitical priests brought them up.

King Solomon and the whole assembly of Israel present with him before the ark sacrificed countless, innumerable sheep and oxen.

The priests brought the ark of the covenant of Yahweh to its place, in the Debir of the Temple, that is, in the Holy of Holies, under the wings of the winged creatures;

for they spread their wings over the place where the ark stood, forming a canopy over the ark and its shafts.

The shafts were so long, however, that the ends of the shafts of the ark could be seen in front of the Holy Place in front of the Debir, though they could not be seen from outside. They are still there today.

There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets which Moses had placed in it at Horeb, when Yahweh made a covenant with the Israelites when they came out of Egypt.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This page is an introduction to the great event of the dedication of the temple of Jerusalem. The Ark, which contains the two tablets of the Law, is introduced into the temple. The work had finally been completed and Solomon has all that serves to receive and welcome the Ark of the Law and to conduct ritual worship. Everything must be ready and nothing can be improvised. The external environment must be worthy and must signify the dignity of the true dwelling place of God which is in fact his people who welcome and venerate him. Solomon, in fact, “assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the ancestral houses of the people of Israel, in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion." He knows well that the true place where the law of the Lord ought to live is the heart of his people. So the Ark begins its entry when “all the elders of Israel came.” It is then that “the Levites carried the ark. So they brought up the ark, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the tent.” It is a liturgy that still today is celebrated both in Jewish ritual and in Christian churches. When the people have gathered together, the Holy Scriptures enter solemnly in the midst of the assembly, and are placed on high, ready to be opened and proclaimed to the assembly. Through them God himself continues to speak to his people while sacrifices are offered on the altar. The assembly, in a unanimous manner, lift up to the Lord prayer like the incense which rises from the altar. The Ark is then introduced by the priests "in the most holy place, under the wings of the cherubim." The introduction of the “ark” in the most holy place recalls the entrance of the Word of God into the hearts of the assembly of believers, the true most holy place. It is to the heart of believers that indeed the Word of God is directed. For the Covenant of God with his people is rooted in our hearts. The Law recalls the heart. And, if listened to, it makes of many one people, a single family. Moses – Deuteronomy narrates – a little before he died, after having written the law, gave this order to the elders of the people: “Assemble the people, men and women, and children as well as the foreigners residing in your towns, so that they may listen, learn to fear the Lord your God, and to observe diligently all the words of this law, and so that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God” (31.12-13). The sacred author emphasizes that in the ark "there was nothing except the two tablets that Moses had placed on Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the Israelites when they left Egypt." It is like saying that for believers solely the Word of God must be enough and must be obeyed.