Exodus 29:4

And Aaron and his sons you shall bring unto the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and shall wash them with water.
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Cyril of Jerusalem

AD 386
The high priest washes himself, then offers incense; for Aaron was first washed, then became high priest. For how could one who had not yet been cleansed by water pray for others? Further, the laver had been set within the tabernacle, as a symbol of baptism.

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Washed. The pagans never approached their mysteries, without divers purifications and washing. (St. Clement of Alexandria, strom. 5.) Exterior cleanliness was designed to signify the purity of the heart, with which we must appear before God. (Calmet) It is for this reason we take holy-water, when we go into our chapels, and we wash our fingers before and during Mass. (Haydock)

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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