1 Alleluia. Praise the Lord, children. Praise the name of the Lord.
2 Blessed is the name of the Lord, from this time forward and even forever.
3 From the rising of the sun, even to its setting, praiseworthy is the name of the Lord.
4 The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory is high above the heavens.
5 Who is like the Lord, our God, who dwells on high,
6 and who gazes upon the humble things in heaven and on earth?
Ezekiel 9:1-7; 10:18-22
1 And he cried out in my ears with a loud voice, saying: "The visitations of the city have drawn near, and each one has equipment for killing in his hand."
2 And behold, six men were approaching from the way of the upper gate, which looks to the north. And each one had equipment for killing in his hand. Also, one man in their midst was clothed with linen, and an instrument for writing was at his waist. And they entered and stood beside the bronze altar.
3 And the glory of the Lord of Israel was taken up, from the cherub upon which he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called out to the man who was clothed with linen and had an instrument for writing at his waist.
4 And the Lord said to him: "Cross through the middle of the city, in the center of Jerusalem, and seal a Tau upon the foreheads of the grieving men, who are mourning over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst."
5 And he said to the others, in my hearing: "Cross through the city after him, and strike! Your eye shall not be lenient, and you shall not take pity.
6 Kill, even to utter destruction, old men, young men, and virgins, little ones, and women. But all upon whom see the Tau, you shall not kill. And begin from my sanctuary." Therefore, they began with the men among the elders, who were before the face of the house.
7 And he said to them: "Defile the house, and fill its courts with the slain! Go forth!" And they went forth and struck down those who were in the city.
18 And the glory of the Lord went forth from the threshold of the temple, and stood above the cherubim.
19 And the cherubim, lifting up their wings, were raised up from the earth in my sight. And as they went away, the wheels also followed. And it stood at the entrance to the east gate of the house of the Lord. And the glory of the God of Israel was over them.
20 This is the living creature, which I saw under the God of Israel beside the river Chebar. And I understood that they were cherubim.
21 Each one had four faces, and each one had four wings. And the likeness of the hand of a man was under their wings.
22 And, concerning the appearance of their faces, these were the same faces that I had seen beside the river Chebar, and the gaze and force of each one of them was to go before his face.
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