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A FRACTION FOR COVENANT THURSDAY

And it came to pass, in the days when God wanted to


test Abraham and know his heart and his love for Him,
He said to him, “Abraham, Abraham, take your beloved
Isaac, and offer him to Me a burnt offering, upon the
mountain which I tell you of.”

And Abraham rose up in the morning, saddled his


donkey, took two servants and Isaac his son, he took a
knife and fire, walked on the earth, and saw from afar
the place of which the Lord told him.

And he said to his servants, “You remain in this place


with the donkey: I, and Isaac my son, shall go to
worship and return to you.”
And Abraham took the firewood for the burnt offering,
laid it upon Isaac his son, and took fire in his hand,
and the knife.

And Isaac spoke to his father, saying, “My father,


behold the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb
which we shall offer as a burnt offering?”

And Abraham said to him, “God Who commanded us to


offer to Him a sacrifice, He will provide for Himself a
lamb for the burnt offering, my son.”

And Abraham took stones, built an altar, took the


firewood and laid it on the altar, took Isaac his son,
bound him and laid him on the altar, and took the knife
to slay him.

And the angel of the Lord called Abraham, saying to


him, “Abraham, Abraham, behold, touch not your lad,
nor do him any harm. When the Lord saw your love
for Him, He said, ‘I am the Lord your God. By Myself I
have sworn that in blessing I will bless you, and in
multiplying I will multiply your seed.”

And Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw a ram, laid


upon the tree, bound by its horns. So he left Isaac his
son and took the ram, offered it up for a burnt offering
instead of him.
Thus, the slaying of Isaac was a type of the shedding
of the Blood of Christ, the Son of God, on the cross, for
the salvation of the world; and as Isaac carried the
firewood for the burnt offering, likewise Christ carried
the wood of the cross.

And as Isaac returned alive, likewise Christ rose living,


from the dead, and appeared to His holy disciples.

O God, Who accepted the sacrifice of our father


Abraham, receive this sacrifice from our hands in this
hour. Bless these gifts, bless those on whose behalf
they have been offered, and repose the souls of those
who died.
May Christ bless the hearts and spirits of us all, so
that, with a pure heart, an enlightened soul, an
unashamed face, a faith unfeigned, a perfect love, and
a firm hope, we may dare with boldness, without fear,
to pray to You, O God, the Holy Father, Who are in the
heavens, and say: Our Father . . . .