Archive for April, 2012

Prayers for Yom HaZikaron

 

Yom-Helm-1-1Yom HaZikaron ceremonies in Israel are generally not perceived as religious observances, but they are part of Israel’s national and civil culture. Yet many observant Jews on this day say prayers for the souls of fallen soldiers. Although it is clear that as Messianics and as adherents to the theological position of Conditional Immortality we are unable to follow this practice, we still can recite prayers in commemoration of the fallen for the State of Israel. We can for instance observe the custom of reciting the Mourners’ Kaddish, since this doesn’t imply the notion of praying for the dead. And we can add some special commemoration prayers. The following Collects are intended as a messianic expression of our commitment to the State. They can be recited during the daily prayers of Yom HaZikaron. Their contents and formulations are in accordance with the biblical demands of not praying to or for the dead.

Commemoration of All the Fallen of the State of Israel

We give thee thanks, O HaShem, our God, for all who have died that others may live, for all who endured pain that others might know joy, for all who made sacrifices that others might have plenty, for all who suffered imprisonment that others might know freedom. Turn our mourning into determination, and our determination into deed, that as men and women of the State of Israel died for peace, we all may live for peace for the sake of the Prince of Peace, even Yeshua HaMashiach our Lord.

Commemoration of the Fallen of the Israeli Armed Forces

Almighty God, our Refuge and our Rock: Defend and protect the soldiers of the State of Israel who fall victim to the forces of evil, and as we remember this day those who endured depredation and death because of who they were, not because of what they had done or failed to do, give to the Armed Forces the courage to defend the State of Israel against all aggression, hatred and oppression, and to seek the dignity and well-being of all. This we beg for Yeshua the Messiah’s sake, our Saviour and Defender.

Prayer for the State and People of Israel

O Lord God Almighty, who hath made all peoples of the earth for thy glory, to serve you in freedom and peace: Grant to thy nation, the House of Israel, a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that they may use their liberty in accordance with thy gracious will; through Yeshua HaMashiach our Lord, who liveth and reigeth with thee in the unity of the Ruach HaKodesh, now and throughout all ages, world without end.

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