“The Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem” Francesco Hayez 1791 – 1881
Is there an anniversary of an event of great sadness for you? For Jewish people, it is “The Ninth of Ab,” the day around now when the Temple of Solomon was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. [In 2013, it was July 16.] Also mourned is the Roman destruction in 70 A.D. of the rebuilt Temple. It is a day of complete fast, just as on Yom Kippur. The Book of Lamentations is read.
We are one with our Jewish brothers and sisters as we all mourn the loss of these sacred sanctuaries. Pray that all people will come to rejoice in the “Third Temple” that will never be destroyed—the Body of Christ in which we live, move and have our being.
Mourn with all those who have sustained great losses in national and personal tragedies. Let 5:1 be profound intercession for them, praying in faith that joy and comfort will rise from the ash heap of their sorrow.
Remember, Lord, our disgrace 5:1
We are orphans without You. 5:3
You, O Lord, reign forever. 5:19
Lord, restore us to Yourself.. 5:21
For more about this way to pray, see “Daily Bible Breaths” in Resources.
This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets,in this season the Minor Prophets.
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