Day of Atonement

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The Day of Atonement was a time for fasting and cleansing from sin. Traditionally, the high priest made atonement on this day for the sins of the priests, the people, and the sanctuary.

The annual Day of Atonement (Yom Hakkippurim) is set forth in Leviticus 16:1-34 as the day for the supreme act of national atonement for sin. It took place on the tenth day of the seventh month, Tishri, and fasting was commanded from the evening of 9 Tishri until the evening of 10 Tishri, in keeping with the...


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