A Messianic Service for Havdalah after Shabbos


The following service is only applicable when Shabbos is not followed by a Yom Tov.


While it still dark, before kindling light recite:

[Gen 1:1-3a] In the beginning G-d created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Ruach of G-d moved upon the face of the waters. And G-d said, Let there be light:


Now kindle the havdalah candle. After kindling continue:

[Gen. 1:3b] And there was light!


Now let the light of the candle shine on one’s fingernails and continue:

[Gen. 1:4-5] And G-d saw the light, that it was good: and G-d divided the light from the darkness. And G-d called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning: Day one.


Other lamps and candles may be lit now, preferably from the havdalah candle. Recite:

[Zech. 14:6-9] HaShem my G-d shall come, and all the saints with him. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day, which shall be known to HaShem, not day nor night: but it shall come to pass that at evening time it shall be light.


And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Yerushalayim: half of them toward the former sea; and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. And HaShem shall be King over all the earth: in that day HaShem shall be One and his name One.


In Shul continue with the blessing for wine. At home first say:

[From the regular Siddur.] Behold! G-d is my salvation; him will I trust, and not be afraid. For my strength and song is Yah, HaShem, and he shall be my succour. And ye shall draw water in gladness from the fountains of salvation. Unto HaShem is salvation; on thy people be thy blessing, Selah! HaShem of hosts is with us; the G-d of Ya’akov is our refuge, Selah! With the Jews was light, and joy, and gladness, and honour. Such be the case with us. The cup of salvation will I raise, and upon the name of HaShem will I call.


Lift the cup with the right hand and the spices with the left, and say the blessing over wine:

Blessed art Thou, O HaShem, our G-d, King of the universe, the Creator of the fruit of the vine.


Lift the spices with the right hand and the cup with the left and say the blessing over the spices:

Blessed art Thou, O HaShem, our G-d, King of the universe, the Creator of various kinds of spices.


Let the light shine through the fingers of both hands and say:

Blessed art Thou, O HaShem, our G-d, King of the universe, the Creator of the radiance of the lights of fire.


Recite the havdalah blessing:

Blessed art Thou, O HaShem, our G-d, King of the universe, who distinguishest between sacred and profane, between light and darkness, between Israel and other nations, between the Assembly of Messiah and the world, between the seventh day and the six days of labour. Blessed art Thou, O HaShem, who distinguishest between holy and profane.


Before continuing first drink from the havdalah cup.


Recite a  blessing in honour of the resurrected Messiah:

[From the Book of Common Prayer, adapted.] O G-d our King, by the resurrection of thy Son Yeshua the Messiah on the first day of the week, the day after the Sabbath, thou conquered sin, put death to flight, and gave us the hope of everlasting life. We beseech thee: Redeem all our days by this victory; forgive our sins, banish our fears, make us bold to praise thee and to do thy will; and steel us to wait for the consummation of thy Kingdom on the last great Day; through the same Yeshua the Messiah our Lord.


Recite a blessing for the coming week (which is the collect to be included in the daily prayers. This blessing varies every week, and is related to the liturgical year and the portions of Scripture to be read. The following is an example.)

[From the Book of Common Prayer, adapted.] Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Yeshua the Messiah came down from heaven to be the true bread which giveth life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Ruach haKodesh, world without end.


Extinguish the havdalah candle, and conclude with a song:

[From Hymns Ancient & Modern nos. 30 & 35, adapted.]


Our day of praise is done;

The evening shadows fall;

But pass not from us with the sun,

True Light that lightenest all.


Around the Throne on high,

Where night can never be,

The white-robed harpers of the sky

Bring ceaseless hymns to Thee.


Too faint our anthems here;

Too soon of praise we tire;

But oh, the strains how full and clear

Of that eternal choir.


Yet, Lord, to Thy dear Will

If Thou attune the heart,

We in Thine Angels’ music still

May bear our lower part.


‘Tis Thine each soul to calm,

Each wayward thought reclaim,

And make our life a daily psalm

Of glory to thy Name.


A little while, and then

Shall come the glorious end;

And songs of Angels and of men

In perfect praise shall blend


Bow when concluding:

Therefore unto Thee we sing

O Lord of peace, Eternal King;

Thy love we praise, Thy Name adore,

Both on this day and evermore.


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