Charles Buck Theological Dictionary: ABLUTION

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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary: ABLUTION


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A ceremony in use among the ancients, and still practised in several parts of the world. It consisted in washing the body, which was always done before sacrificing, or even entering their houses. Ablutions appear to be as old as any ceremonies, and external worship itself. Moses enjoined them, the heathens adopted them, and Mahomet and his followers have continued them. The Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Jews, all had them. The ancient Christians had their ablutions before communion, which the Romish church still retain before their mass, and sometimes after. The Syrians, Copts, & 100: have their solemn washings on Good Friday; the Turks also have their ablutions, their Ghast, their Wodou, Aman, & 100: