The ablution, or washing of the hands, is performed by the priest twice during the liturgy. The first occurs just before the offering of the bread.

The minister (priest or bishop) washes his hands and recites from Psalms 50:7-8 or 25:6-7, according to the majority of the manuscripts, although some manuscripts prescribe that he recites Psalm 50:7-10. The second ablution is during the recitation of the Creed. The minister again washes his hands and recites the same psalms.


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