Gradual of Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Ps 140:2

Let my prayer be directed as incense in Thy sight, O Lord. The lifting up of my hands as evening sacrifice.


Verse 2. As. May be understood. “My prayer is an evening sacrifice,” or equally acceptable. H. — Sacrifice. Heb. “offering,” which may be the same with the incense, or the evening holocaust. C. — The Church prays that her petitions may ascend to the throne of God, and be accepted. The morning sacrifice was rather more solemn. But the evening one is here specified, in allusion to Christ’s, at the last supper, and on the cross, (W.) which was consummated in the evening. S. Aug. T. — It may denote a perfect worship. S. Chrys. Bert.

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