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The Seder Haggadah L = Leader A = Assembled People (The family is seated around the table) L We are about to enact the ancient story of Israel’s redemption from Egypt; an event in ancient history remembered and reenacted through the centuries. Tonight we will place ourselves into the story. L The purpose of this Seder is to give us the opportunity to recall the dramatic and miraculous events which led to the exodus from an ancient land of slavery. The Scriptures, centuries ago, instructed us to meet, as we do tonight, when it was declared, “And you shall tell your son on that day saying: It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.” (Exodus 13:8) (Everyone stands) Hadlakat Nerot Light the Candles L Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha- olam, asher kid’shanu be-mitzvotav ve-tzivanu le-hadlik ner shel yom tov. A Praised are You, Adoni, our God, Ruler of the universe, Who has commanded us to light the holiday candles. (One woman at each table lights the candles) Women Praised are You, Adonai, Our God, Ruler of the universe. You have made us Your own. We light these candles in Your Name. L As we light the candles we pray that God will light our hearts with His Holy Spirit. We want to understand how God has redeemed His people. (Be Seated) Kadesh The First Cup L Tonight we will drink four cups of wine; one for each of the promises made by the LORD to Moses when we were slaves in Egypt. Reader 1 “I will bring you out of Egypt.” Reader 2 “I will free you from slavery.”
Reader 3 “I will save you with My outstretched arm.” Reader 4 “I will take you to be My people.” L We remember these four promises at Passover by drinking from our cups four times. The first is called the Cup of Sanctification, the second is the Cup of Plagues, the third – the Cup of Redemption, and the fourth – the Cup of Praise. Reader 1 “I will bring you out of Egypt.” L Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam borei p’ri hagafen. Baruk atah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam, asher bahar banu mi-kol am ve-rom’manu mi-kol lashon vekid’shanu be-mitzvotav. Va-titen lanu Adonai eloheinu be-ahavah mo’adim le-simhah, hagim u-z’manim le-sasson, et yom Hag Ha-Maot ha-zeh, z’man heruteinu, mikra kodesh, zekher litziyat Mitzrayim. Ki vanu vaharta ve- otanu kidashtn mi-kol ha-amin, u-mo’adei kodsh’kha be-simhah uv’sasson hinhaltanu. Baruh atah Adonai mekadesh Yisrael ve-haz’manim A Praised are You, Adonai, our God, Ruler of the universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine. Praised are You, Adonai, our God, Ruler of the universe, Who has lifted us up through mitzvot and, with love, has given us this Holiday of Matzot, a celebration of freedom when we remember how we left Egypt. Praised are You, Adoni, our God , Who has set apart the people of Israel and the festivals. (Everyone stands) L Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam, she-hehyanu ve-ki’y’manu ve-higiyanu la-z’man ha-zeh. A (Lifting their cups) Praised are You, Adonai, our God, Ruler of the universe, Who has given us life and kept us well so we could celebrate this special time. Urhatz The Hand Washing We wash our hands to remind us that God is holy. As we come before Him we too must be holy, as it is written: “Who shall go up to the mountain of the LORD? Who shall take a stand in His holy place? The clean of hands and pure of heart…” (Psalm 24:3 – 4) Silently hold the pitcher in one hand and pour the water over the other hand. Reverse hands and repeat. Dry your hands and pass to the next person.
“They were at supper…Jesus knew that the Father had put everything into his hands, and that he had come from God and was returning to God, and he got up from the table, removed his outer garments and, taking a towel, wrapped it around his waist; he then poured water into a basin and began to wipe them with the towel he was wearing. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘At the moment you do not know what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ ‘Never!’ said Peter, ‘You shall not wash my feet.’ Jesus replied, ‘If I do not wash you, you can have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said, ‘Well then, Lord, not only my feet, but my hands and my head as well!’ Jesus said, ‘no one who has had a bath needs washing, such a person is clean all over. You too are clean…” (John 13: 2- 10) Karpas The Green Vegetable L The karpas are here to remind us of several things: of the earth in spring, and of new life. We also recall that our ancestors were tillers of the soil and were ever grateful for the earth’s produce. The karpas is also like the hyssop branches our ancestors used to smear the blood of the Passover Lamb on their doorposts. The salt water is here to remind us of the bitterness of slavery, of the pain and suffering and the tears of our ancestors. Tonight they are our tears. L Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam, borei p’ri ha-adamah. A Praised are You, Adonai, our God, Ruler of the universe, Who creates everything that grows from the earth. A May our gratitude for the blessings which we enjoy help us to remember those who still weep because of slavery and oppression. Yahatz Breaking the Middle Matzah L At Passover, three matzah are wrapped together. They are called, “The Unity.” I have taken the middle matzah and broken it in half. One half is wrapped and hidden; this is called the Afikomen, and is an important part of the Seder after the meal. L Look! This is the bread of affliction, the humble and simple bread which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. Let those who are hungry join us at this Seder, and let them partake of what we have to share. A We may not be slaves anymore, but we haven’t forgotten what it’s like to be hungry. May all people speedily attain freedom from fear, oppression, and poverty. L During the Passover meal we collect an offering of money to share with those who are homeless and hungry so that everyone can have enough to eat.
Mah Nishtanah The Four Questions Reader 1 “When your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then tell them.” (Exodus 12:26) Child Why is this night different than all other nights? 1)On all other nights we eat leavened bread, why do we eat only matzah tonight? 2)On all other nights we eat all kinds of vegetables, why do we eat only bitter herbs tonight? 3)On all other nights we do not dip our vegetable even once, why do we dip them twice tonight? 4)On all other nights we eat our meals sitting, why do we recline tonight? L The LORD has commanded us to answer these questions for our children. And we will do so with grateful hearts, for the answers point to the great and mighty works of God. Reader 1 On all other nights we eat leavened bread – bread made with yeast – but on Passover we eat only matzah – bread made without yeast. This reminds us that when we fled from Egypt we did not have time to let the bread rise. Reader 2 On all other nights we eat all kinds of vegetables, but on Passover we eat only bitter herbs. This reminds us of how bitter life was for us in Egypt. It also serves to remind us of our slavery to sin. Reader 3 On all other nights we do not dip our vegetables even once, but tonight we dip them twice. We have already dipped the karpas in the salt water to remind us of the bitter tears. We will soon dip again, this time in the sweet haroset to sweeten the bitterness and suffering. Reader 4 On all other nights we eat sitting up, but tonight we eat reclining. This is to remind us that now we are free from slavery. On the first Passover we had to eat in a hurry, with our coats and sandals on, holding our staffs in our hands as we waited to be delivered from our slavery. Now we have entered into His rest and we may relax and enjoy this feast at our leisure. L Once we were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, and the LORD, in His goodness and mercy, brought us out of that land with His mighty hand, and His outstretched arm. A Had he not rescued us from the hand of Pharaoh, surely we and our children would still be enslaved, deprived of liberty and human dignity. L We gather, then, year after year, to reenact this ancient story; for in reality is not an ancient story, but eternal in its message and strength. It is our story.
L Barukh Ha-Makom, Barukh Hu.Barukh she-natan Torah le-amo Yisrael. Barukh hu. A Blessed is the All-Present God. Blessed is He.Blessed is He who gave the Torah to His people, Israel. Blessed is He. Ve-hi She-amdah God’s Promises L Blessed is God Who fulfills His promises, Who is ever faithful to His servants who trust in Him. A Great has been the LORD’s divine promise, fulfilled and realized in days past. Great have been God’s promises in all ages, a source of hope to stricken and downtrodden people. L In every age oppressors rose against us; to crush our spirits and bring us low. From the hands of all these tyrants and conquerors, the LORD has rescued and restored His people. In all these battles and desperate struggles, God’s help and guidance assured our survival. A Our hope is strong and our faith unshakeable, that no enemy shall ever triumph over us. “We have been given possession of an unshakeable kingdom. Let us therefore be grateful and use our gratitude to worship God in a way that pleases Him; in reverence and fear.” (Hebrews 12:28) The Story of Israel In the Land of Egypt Participant 1 (Jacob) I was living in Canaan – the land promised to my grandfather, Abraham – when the great famine came. There wasn’t enough food to support my sons, and their wives and their children, so I sent my boys to Egypt to purchase food for us. It was not our intention to settle in Egypt, merely to find relief from our desperate need. Participant 2 (Moses) There were only 70 people in Jacob’s family when he first moved to Egypt, but because God was with them, they prospered and grew and grew and grew. Soon we were a mighty people of our own and the Egyptians began to fear our strength. They forced us to become their slaves, and murdered our children. Fortunately, God rescued me, and raised me up as a leader for our people. Participant 3 (Pharaoh) The Hebrew God saved Moses and brought him to me to demand that I release the Hebrew slaves. He said plagues would come if I refused. I refused. And then I felt the power of God’s hand upon me, crushing me until I finally ordered Moses and his people out of Egypt. Participant 4 (Miriam) Having brought us safely across the Sea of Reeds on dry land, the LORD brought the waters crashing down upon the soldiers and the chariots of Pharaoh’s army.
Oh, sing to the LORD For He has covered Himself with glory The horse and rider He has thrown into the sea. He is my God, and I shall praise Him My father’s God, and I will extol Him The LORD is a warrior Yahweh is His name. (Exodus 15: 11 – 13) Eser Makkot The Ten Plagues L When people defy the will of God they bring pain and suffering upon themselves. Gods’ law aims for the welfare and happiness of all humankind. To deny His law and to do evil brings destruction for those who perpetrate it. A When Pharaoh defied the command of God, he invited adversity upon himself and his own people. L We do not, however, rejoice over their downfall. Reader 2 While the Egyptians were drowning in the sea, it is said that the angels in heaven began to sing praise to God. God silenced them. “How can you sing while My children, the Egyptians, are drowning?” L A full cup is a symbol of complete joy. And though we celebrate the triumph of our sacred cause, our happiness is not complete so long as others have had to be sacrificed for its sake. That is why we will diminish the wine in our cups as we recall the plagues visited upon the Egyptians; to give expression to our sorrow over their losses, which each plague extracted. We now recite the list of Ten Plagues, pouring off wine as each one is mentioned. (Dip a finger into the wine and put a drop onto the plate as each plague is named.) A Blood! Frogs! Gnats! Flies! Cattle Disease! Boils! Hail! Locusts! Darkness! Slaying of the Firstborn!
L Pharaoh did not want to let our people go. Every time Pharaoh said “no” to Moses, God sent a plague or disaster. But Pharaoh hardened his heart and kept saying, “No.” The tenth time, God sent the most awful plague. A “That night, I shall go through Egypt and strike down all the first-born in Egypt, man and beast alike, and shall execute justice on all the gods of Egypt. I will do it.” (Exodus 12:12) Dayyenu It Would Have Been Enough L Great and numerous are the kindnesses of the LORD. For each one of them we offer thanks and humble gratitude. Any one of His acts of mercy would have been enough to demonstrate His love for us. Dayyenu. It would have been enough. A Had He done nothing more than take us out of Egypt, Dayyenu L With loving kindness He redeemed us from Egypt, executing judgment on our oppressors and the idols they worshipped. With awesome might He divided the Sea of Reeds, allowing our people safe passage. A Had He done nothing more than take us out of Egypt, Dayyenu. L To Mount Sinai He brought us and gave us the Torah, the law, the divine teaching, the crown of our life. With abundant love He gave us the Sabbath, to afford rest and refreshment for body and soul. A Had He done nothing more than take us out of Egypt, Dayyenu. L With tender care He protected us in the wilderness, granting shelter from the ravages of desert life. For 40 years He provided for all our needs, sending manna from heaven, food and water to sustain us. A Had He done nothing more than take us out of Egypt, Dayyenu. L In triumphant spirit He led us into the land of promise where inspired leaders did build the Holy Temple. How great and numerous are the kindnesses which the LORD has shown us; for each act of goodness we are abundantly grateful. A Had He done nothing more than take us out of Egypt, Dayyenu. L Most of all, we are thankful for Yeshua, the Messiah. In him we have forgiveness of sins, and abundant life. He is the completion of all the promises of God.
Pesah, Matzah, and Maror The Passover Symbols Reader 3 No Seder is complete unless it includes an explanation of the Seder symbols: Pesah, Matzah and Maror. A (Pointing to the roasted bone) Pesah! L The Pesah, or roasted lamb bone, reminds us the God Pasah or “passed over” the homes of the Israelites, and spared us from the final plague – the death of the first born. God commanded that we should take the blood of the lamb and put it on the top and sides of the door frames of our homes. When John the Baptizer saw Yeshua he said, “Look, there is the Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world.” (John 1:29) A (Pointing to the matzah cake) Matzah! L Matzah reminds us that the Israelites left in such a hurry that they didn’t have time for the bread to rise. Matzah is the flat unleavened bread that our people ate during their departure from Egypt. A (Pointing to the Haroset) Haroset! L Haroset reminds us of the mortar our ancestors used to make bricks in Egypt. As slaves to the Pharaoh our ancestors were compelled to make the bricks that built his many monuments. Its sweetness also helps us to recall the many blessings that God has given to us. A (Pointing to the Maror) Maror! L Maror reminds us how bitter the Egyptians made our lives in slavery. They made our people serve with rigor and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in all kinds of work in the field. Bekhol Dor Va-Dor In Every Generation L Be-kol dor va-dor hayav adam lir’ot et atzojm ke-ilu hu yatza mi-Mitzraim. A In every generation it is a man’s duty to think of himself as one of those who came out of Egypt. L Even though we live long after the Exodus, we must picture ourselves freeing slavery. Reader 4 The struggle for freedom is a continuous struggle; for never do human beings reach total liberty.
A In every age some new freedom is won and established, adding to the advancement of human happiness and security. Reader 1 Yet, each passing year uncovers a formerly unrecognized servitude, requiring new liberation to set human souls free. A With every passing year the concept of freedom grows broader, widening the horizons for finer and nobler living. L Each generation is duty bound to contribute to this growth, else humankind’s ideals become stagnant and stationary. Hallel Praise Psalm 113 Alleluia! Praise, servants of the LORD praise the name of the LORD. Blessed is the name of the LORD, henceforth and forever. From the rising of the sun to its setting, praised be the name of the LORD. Supreme over all the nations is the LORD, supreme over the heavens is His glory. Who is like our God? His throne is set on high, but He stoops to look down on heaven and earth. He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the dunghill to give them a place among the princes, among the princes of His people. He lets the barren woman be seated at home, the happy mother of sons. Psalm 114 Alleluia! When the House of Israel came out of Egypt, the House of Jacob from a people of foreign speech, Judah became His sanctuary, and Israel His domain. The sea fled at the sight, the Jordan turned back the mountains skipped like rams, the hills like sheep. Sea, what makes you flee? Jordan, why do you turn back?
Why skip like rams, you mountains? Why like sheep, you hills? Tremble, earth, at the coming of the Lord, at the coming of the God of Jacob, Who turns rock into pool flint into fountain. Kos Sheni The Second Cup Reader 2 “I will free you from slavery.” L Baruk atah Adonai ga’al Yisrael. A Praised are You, Adoani, Who saved Israel. L Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu melek ha-olam borei p’ri ha-gafen. A Praised are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine. (Drink the second cup of wine) L May it be Your will, our God and God of our ancestors, to grant us life and to bring us, in peace, to many more festivals, holy days, and happy celebrations. May those occasions inspire us to draw closer to You. Rohtzah Wash Hands L We’ve talked and asked, explained and discussed, and finally it’s time to eat! But before we do, we wash our hands again – that cool trickle of water reminding us that food is one of God’s many blessings. This time we will bless God too. L Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam ahser kid’shanu be-mitzvotav ve-tzvanu al netilat yadayim. A Praised are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, Who has commanded us to cleanse our hands. (Hold the pitcher in one hand and pour water over the other. Reverse and repeat. Dry your hands and pass to the next person.)
Motzi Matzah Eat the Matzah Read Silently: Between the time we wash our hands and make the blessing over the matzah, its tradition not to speak, not to interrupt the two small actions that together make one larger section. In the silence we can hear the story we’ve just told and the Psalms we’ve read, the crack of the taskmaster’s whip and the croak of the frogs. We can hear the voice of God in the burning bush, Miriam’s tambourine, the song at the Sea of Reeds, and the stamping of the Israelite’s marching feet. We can hear the cry of the Israelites as they fled and the crunch of the matzah they baked – the same matzah we eat in remembrance today. Who can’t wait to taste the matzah? Once it was a symbol of slavery, now it is a symbol of freedom. We take two matzah of the “Unity” – the top and broken middle pieces – to remember the food called manna the Israelites ate in the wilderness Manna was the heavenly food that fell in a fine layer with the dew each morning. It looked like a little seed, the color of crystal or pearl, but when it was ground and baked, it tasted like a cake dipped in honey or a rich dough. Every day the Israelites went out to collect the manna. On Friday God gave them enough for that day and the next – the Sabbath, a time for rest. Yeshua the Messiah said, “In all truth I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, it is my Father who gives you the bread from heaven, the true bread; for the bread of God is the bread which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world… I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever hunger.” (John 6:32 – 35) (The Leader recites the following two blessings aloud, then gives a piece of the top two matzah to every person.) L Barukh atah Adonai elohienu, melek ha-olam ha-motzi lehem min ha-aretz. (Praised are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth.) L Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu, melek ha-olam asher kid’shanu bemitzvotav ve-tzvinau al akhilat matzah. (Praised are You, Adonai, our God Ruler of the universe, Who has commanded us to eat matzah.) Maror The Bitter Herbs L The maror reminds us of our persecution and suffering under the cruel hand of Pharaoh. Just as the horseradish brings tears to our eyes now, so then did our great suffering bring tears to our eyes. L Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu melek ha-olam, asher kid’shanu bemitzvotav ve-tzvinau al akhilat maror.
A Praised are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, Who has commanded us to eat maror. (Place maror on a piece of matzah and eat.) L But we don’t dwell on our sadness at the Seder. After the bitterness of the maror we move on. To sweeten the sadness we shall dip the maror into the sweet haroset. This doesn’t eliminate our grief completely, but it helps us to bear it. Reader 3 “It was at this point in the Seder when Jesus was troubled in His spirit and testified, and he said, I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me.” His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.” Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping a piece of the bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. “What you are about to do, do quickly,” Jesus told him, but no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the Feast, or to give something to the poor. As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.(John 13: 21 – 30). (All eat combined matzah and maror dipped in haroset.) Shulhan Orekh Dinner is Served ***** Tzafun Find and Eat the Afikomen (The children hunt for the Afikomen, the wrapped and hidden matzah from the “Unity.” The Leader ransoms it back from the one who finds it.) L We call this the Afikomen, a Greek word meaning, “I have come.” It is a symbol of the Messiah, the bread of Life. Reader 4 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty… I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever… This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.” (John 6: 35, 51, 54, 58) L Observe how the matzah is striped:
Reader 1 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the punishment of our sins was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53: 3) L Observe how the matzah is pierced: Reader 2 “They will mourn for the one they have pierced…” (Zechariah 12:10b / Revelation 1:7) L Observe how the matzah is unleavened – made without yeast. Yeast stands for sin. Reader 3 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in him.” (Isaiah 53:9) L The middle matzah from the “Unity” was broken, just as Yeshua, the Messiah was broken with suffering and death. We wrapped it in a cloth just as Yeshua’s body was wrapped in a linen cloth for burial. Just as the afikomen was hidden, so Yeshua’s body was hidden in the grave for a short time. Just as the afikomen was brought out of hiding, so Yeshua arose from the grave. Now eat, remembering the broken body of the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. (All eat a piece of the matzah.) Reader 4 “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’” (Matthew 26:26) Barekh Blessing After the Meal L Let us bless the name of God forever and ever: A Blessed is He Whose goodness has provided for us and Whose bounties feed the entire world. In mercy He provides sustenance for all living creatures. His steadfast love endures forever. Men Blessed is He who gives life, and life eternal. Women Blessed is He who comforts and guides His people in times of difficulty and struggle. Children Blessed is God. Amen. A Amen. L May God, Who is merciful, bless this home and all homes everywhere. May He bless this table upon which we have eaten, with plenty and abundance.
A Amen. L May God, Who is merciful, bless those who are assembled at this table, their loved ones, their families, and friends, even as He blessed our forefathers: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. A The LORD will never forsake the righteous nor shall their children hunger for bread. May the LORD give strength to His people; may He bless them forever. L For all these blessings, and so much more, we give thanks to You, Lord God. We ask for Your loving protection over our people everywhere. May we be spared sorrow and adversity; but if they come, LORD, we ask that You’ll lead us through. We hope for the privilege of always being able to serve You. A Amen. May the LORD give strength to His people. (Raise cups.) Kos Sh’lishi The Third Cup Reader 3 “I will save you with My outstretched arm.” L Barukh atah Adonai, eloheinu melek ha-olam borei p’ri ha-gafen. A Praised are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine. (Drink the third cup.) Reader 1 “Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, ‘Drink form it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’” (Matthew 26: 27 – 28) Kos Eliyahu The Cup of Elijah L Throughout our people’s history, Elijah the prophet has been the beloved character pictured in legends as the bearer of good tidings. Reader 3 Jewish legend recalls the appearance of Elijah in times of trouble, to promise relief and redemption, to lift downcast spirits and to plant hope in the hearts of the downtrodden. Reader 4 The cup of Elijah was a cup of expectation. An empty seat, a cup of wine, and an open door were traditionally left in hopes that hew would come – even during the
celebration of the Seder meal for it is written, “Look, I shall send you the prophet Elijah before the great and awesome Day of the LORD comes.” (Malachi 4:5) L The disciples asked Jesus, “Why then do the teachers of the Law say that Elijah must come first?” Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished, In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.”(Matthew 17: 10 – 12) A Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist (Matthew 17:13), of whom it was written, “And he will go on before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”(Luke 1:17) Hallel Praise (Everyone stands.) Psalm 116 Alleluia! I am filled with love when the LORD listens to the sound of my prayer, when He bends down to hear me, as I call. The bonds of death were all round me, the snares of Sheol held me fast; distress and anguish held me in their grip, I called on the name of the LORD. Deliver me, LORD, I beg you. The LORD is merciful and upright, our God is tenderness. The LORD looks after the simple, when I was brought low He gave me strength. My heart, be at peace once again, for the LORD has treated you generously. He has rescued me from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling. I shall pass my life in the presence of the LORD, in the land of the living. My trust does not fail, even when I say, ”I am completely wretched.” In my terror I said, ”No human being can be relied on.” What return can I make to the LORD
for His generosity to me? I shall take up the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the LORD. I shall fulfill my vows to the LORD, witnessed by all His people. Costly in the LORD’s sight is the death of His faithful. I beg You, LORD! I am Your servant, I am Your servant and my mother was Your servant; You have undone my fetters. I shall offer You a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD. I shall fulfill my vows to the LORD witnessed by all His people, in the courts of the house of the LORD in Your very heart, Jerusalem. Psalm 117 Alleluia! O praise the LORD, all nations, extol Him all peoples, for His faithful love is strong, and His constancy is never ending. Psalm 136 - "Forever" (words and music by Chris Tomlin and Jesse Reeves) Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King His love endures forever. For He is good, He is above all things. His love endures forever. Sing praise. Sing praise. With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm His love endures forever. For the life that’s been reborn His love endures forever. Sing praise. Sing praise. Sing praise. Sing praise. Forever God is faithful. Forever God is strong. Forever God is with us. Forever. Forever. From the rising to the setting sun, His love endures forever. And by the grace of God we will carry on His love endures forever. His love endures forever.
Sing praise. Sing praise. Sing praise. Sing praise Kos Revi’l The Fourth Cup Reader 4 “I will take you to be My people.” L Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu, melek ha-olam borei p’ri ha-gafen. A Praised are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine. (Drink the fourth cup.) L As indeed He says in Hosea, “Those who were not my people I will call ‘My People,’ and her who was beloved I will call ‘Beloved.’ And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they shall be called children of the living God.” (Hosea 2:23 / Romans 9:25 – 26) Nirtzoh End of the Seder L The prescribed order of the Passover service is now compete. We have retold the ancient story of Israel’s liberation. We have shared in the traditional foods and symbols of the struggle for freedom. Between now and our next Seder we hope for peace and freedom the world over. May we remember throughout the year that our redemption and peace is complete by the sacrifice of our Passover Lamb, Yeshua the Messiah. L The Passover celebration is a fulfilled celebration. All expectations are met in the person of Jesus Christ. He is our matzah – the Bread of Life. The wine is His blood poured out for us in the new covenant. He is our Passover Lamb – Who takes away the sins of the world. And we have come through Him to the New Jerusalem. Reader 1 “You have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the Living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” (Hebrews 12: 22 – 24) A We have come through Him to the New Jerusalem!
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