(Week 19 of the year: Wednesday)
MARK A CROSS ON THE FOREHEADS OF ALL WHO DEPLORE ALL THE FILTH PRACTISED IN JERUSALEM.
And he cried in my ears with a loud voice, saying: The visitations of the city are at hand, and every one hath a destroying weapon in his hand.
And behold six men came from the way of the upper gate, which looketh to the north: and each one had his weapon of destruction in his hand: and there was one man in the midst of them clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn at his reins: and they went in, and stood by the brazen altar.
And the glory of the Lord of Israel went up from the cherub, upon which he was, to the threshold of the house: and he called to the man that was clothed with linen, and had a writer’s inkhorn at his loins.
And the Lord said to him: Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem: and mark Thau upon the foreheads of the men that sigh, and mourn for all the abominations that are committed in the midst thereof.
And to the others he said in my hearing: Go ye after him through the city, and strike: let not your eyes spare, nor be ye moved with pity.
Utterly destroy old and young, maidens, children and women: but upon whomsoever you shall see Thau, kill him not, at begin ye at my sanctuary. So they began at the ancient men who were before the house.
And he said to them: Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew them that were in the city.
And the glory of the Lord went forth from the threshold of the temple: and stood over the cherubims.
And the cherubims lifting up their wings, were raised from the earth before me: and as they went out, the wheels also followed: and it stood in the entry of the east gate of the house of the Lord: and the glory of the God of Israel was over them.
This is the living creature, which I saw under the God of Israel by the river Chobar: and I understood that they were cherubims.
Each one had four faces, and each one had four wings: and the likeness of a man’s hand was under their wings.
And as to the likeness of their faces, they were the same faces which I had seen by the river Chobar, and their looks, and the impulse of every one to go straight forward.
V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.