Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the sight of the assembly of Israel, and raising his hands to heaven he said: “Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you.”

The true Solomon, Christ the King, at the dedication of his Temple, which he consecrated by his physical suffering, stood before the altar of the Lord, before the eyes of the Father, before the sacrificial table of the Cross, and prayed.

Indeed, he even cried out in a loud voice: During his earthly life, the Apostle says, he offered prayers and petitions, with a loud cry and tears, to him who could save him, and he was heard because of his reverence.

And there is indeed no doubt that when he was actually hanging on the Cross he uttered a loud cry.

But since the cry of the heart is audible to God alone, he had a short time before expressed in words what his cry would be and why he who was both Priest and saving Victim would ascend the Cross.

For having raised his eyes to heaven, he said: Holy Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.

There is one passage in this prayer of Solomon that I cannot pass over. He says among other things:

When foreigners, who are not of your people Israel, come from a distant land because of your name

(for they will hear of your great name and your mighty hand and your arm that reaches everywhere)

– when they come and pray in this place, hear in heaven your dwelling-place, and do everything the foreigners ask of you.

In their inner meaning these are the words of our Lord, for in the prayer already quoted he says:

Holy Father, keep in your name ­those whom you have given to me. I do not pray for them alone but for all who will believe in me because of their words.

He knew that because of his Passion people everywhere would hear of the ­Father’s great name and mighty hand and arm that reaches everywhere.

And he knew that when we foreigners (who did not belong to the people of Israel) had heard, we would come to him from a distant land and bow down to worship him, the holy Temple, professing our faith in his name.

Rupert of Deutz (c.1075–1129): De Sancta Trinitate et Operibus Eius, 24 (CCCM 22:1331-2); from the Monastic Office of Vigils for Sunday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year 1.