A Messianic Service for Havdalah after the Sabbath of Passover (I)

 

This service is for the Sunday of the Resurrection, which is the first day of the Omer. The Omer is counted from the first Sunday that occurs after Passover in the strict sense, i.e. from the first Sunday after Nisan 14. Under the Sabbath of Passover is therefore understood here the Sabbath that coincides with — or else the first weekly Sabbath that follows — Nisan 14. This service is only meant for those years in which the first day of the Omer doesn’t coincide with the first Yom Tov of Pesach. There is another service for the special case that the first day of the Omer falls on Nisan 15.

 

The Synagogue is completely 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, which for this occasion should be big. 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.

 

In Shul the officiating celebrant [Rabbi] says:

[The following passages are adapted from the Book of Common Prayer]

Dear friends in Messiah: On this most wondrous night, in which our Lord Yeshua passed over from death to life, the Assembly of Messiah invites her members, dispersed throughout the world, to gather in vigil and prayer. For this is the Passover of the Lord, in which [If there is a Scripture reading at Ma’ariv, add: by hearing his Word] and [If Communion is served during Ma’ariv add: celebrating his Sacraments], we share in his victory over death.

 

The celebrant then says the following prayer:

Let us pray:

O G-d, through thy Son thou hast bestowed upon thy people the brightness of thy light: Grant, we beseech thee, that in this Paschal feast we may so burn with heavenly desires, that with pure minds we may attain to the festival of everlasting light; through Yeshua the Messiah our Lord. Amen.

 

The celebrant carries the havdalah candle through the Synagogue, pausing three times and singing or saying:

 

Celebrant:          The light of Messiah!

People:         Thanks be to G-d.

 

If there exists a custom of distributing candles to the members of the congregation these are to be lighted from the havdalah candle at this time.

 

The havdalah candle is stated in its stand.

 

Then the Chazzan, or other person appointed, standing near the candle, sings (or says) the Exultet, as follows:

 

Rejoice now, heavenly hosts and choirs of angels,

and let thy trumpets shout Salvation

for the victory of our mighty King

 

Rejoice and sing now, all the round earth,

bright with a glorious splendour,

for darkness has been vanquished by our everlasting King.

 

Rejoice and be glad now, O Mother Israel,

and let thy holy courts, in radiant light,

resound with the praises of thy people.

 

All you who stand near this marvellous and wondrous flame, pray with me to G-d the Almighty for the grace to sing the worthy praise of his great light, Yeshua the Messiah our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with him, in the unity of the Ruach HaKodesh, world without end. Amen.

 

Chazzan         The Lord be with you

Answer         And with thy spirit

Chazzan         Let us give thanks to the Lord our G-d

Answer         It is meet and right so to do

 

Chazzan

It is truly right and good, always and everywhere, with our whole heart and mind and voice, to praise thee, the invisible, almighty, and eternal G-d, and thine only-begotten Son, Yeshua the Messiah our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who at the feast of Passover paid for us the debt of Adam’s sin, and by his own blood delivered thy faithful people.

 

This is the night, when all who believe in Messiah are delivered from the gloom of sin, and restored to grace and holiness of life.

 

This is the night, when Messiah broke the bonds of death and hell, and rose victorious from the grave.

 

How wonderful and beyond our knowing, O G-d, is thy mercy and loving-kindness to us, that to redeem a slave, thou gave a Son.

 

How great is this night, when wickedness is put to flight, and sin is washed away. It restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to those who mourn. It casts out pride and hatred, and brings peace and concord.

 

How blessed is this night, when earth and heaven are joined and man is reconciled to G-d.

 

Holy Father, accept our evening sacrifice, the offering of our prayers in honour of the light of the Resurrection. May it shine continually to drive away all darkness. And may Messiah, the Morning Star who knoweth no setting, give his light to thine whole creation, who now liveth and reigneth for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Other lamps and candles in the Synagogue may be lit now, preferably from the havdalah candle. The congregation recites:

[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 the Chazzan continues with the blessing over wine. At home first say the following passage:

[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, and he shall be my succour. And ye shall draw water 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 Jacob 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.

 

The cup is lifted with the right hand and the spices with the left, and the blessing over wine is recited:

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

 

The spices are lifted with the right hand and the cup with the left and the blessing over the spices is recited:

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

 

The light of the havdalah candle should be seen through the fingers of both hands and the blessing over the radiance of fire is recited:

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

 

 

Then the havdalah blessing is recited:

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 the other nations, between the Body of Messiah and the world, between the seventh day and the six days of labour. Blessed art Thou, O HaShem, who distinguishest between sacred and profane.

 

At home, before continuing first drink from the havdalah cup. In shul the Chazzan drinks from the havdalah cup.

 

The following prayers are said:

 

In honour of the resurrected Messiah. This prayer is said at every weekly havdalah:

[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. Amen.

 

For the coming week. This prayer changes every week:

[From the Book of Common Prayer, adapted]

O G-d, who for our redemption didst give thine only-begotten Son to the death of the Cross, and by his glorious resurrection hast delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant to us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through the same thy Son Yeshua the Messiah our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Ruach HaKodesh, now and forever. Amen

 

For this night of the Resurrection:

[From the Book of Common Prayer, adapted]

O G-d, who didst make this most wondrous and marvellous night to shine with the glory of the Lord Yeshua’s resurrection: Stir up in thy people that spirit of adoption which is given to us in him, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship thee in sincerity and truth; through the same Yeshua the Messiah our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Ruach HaKodesh, now and throughout all ages, world wihout end. Amen.

 

The havdalah candle should not be extinguished, as usual, but kept burning. A hymn may conclude the service.

 

[From: Hymns Ancient & Modern, no. 135, adapted]

 

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The strife is o’er, the battle is done;

Now is the Victor’s triumph won;

O let the song of praise be sung: Alleluia!

 

Death’s mightiest powers have their worst,

Yeshua hath his foes dispersed;

Let shouts of praise and joy outburst: Alleluia!

 

On the third morn he rose again

Glorious in majesty to reign;

O let us swell the joyful strain: Alleluia!

 

Lord, by the stripes that wounded thee

From death’s dread sting thy servants free,

That we may live, and sing to thee: Alleluia!

 

Then follows Ma’ariv, and the Omer is counted.

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