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The Washing of the hands:In the early Church, the washing of the hands was after the Kiss of Peace, during the Offering of the gifts. When the Offertory was moved to the beginning of the Liturgy (probably around the 4th century), another washing of the hands was “copied” to its new place, just before the procession of the Lamb. It was then that we started to have two washings, one in the offertory and another after the Kiss of Peace.  When the Prayer of Reconciliation was introduced before the Kiss of Peace (around the 6th century), the second washing was placed before the Prayer of Reconciliation.Why did the Church keep two washings? It is because the washing is meant to prepare the priest spiritually before approaching the altar, “I will wash my hands in innocency, so will I compass thine altar O Lord” (Ps. 26:6). In the beginning, the priest approached the altar once, after the Kiss of Peace, the first part of the Liturgy (the Liturgy of the catechumens) being done entirely outside the Sanctuary.  When the offertory was moved to the beginning of the Liturgy, the priest approached the altar twice, once during the offertory, and once again when he prays the Prayer of Reconciliation.When the priest has washed his hands, he shakes his hands in front of the congregation as a sign of warning that anyone approaching the table of the Lord unworthily, will be responsible for his own condemnation.
We do know that there are four heavens (St. Paul ascended to the third heaven), but we do not know how many levels of Hell there are. I have a question, does anybody know what the Church's stance is on Dante's Inferno?