Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Evening Prayer Holy Wednesday 8th April 2020 Passover

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who created the fruit of the vine.

Song “Shalom Chaverim

Then Moses said to the people, “Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand. Eat nothing containing yeast. Today, in the month of Aviv, you are leaving. When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Hivites and Jebusites—the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey—you are to observe this ceremony in this month: For seven days eat bread made without yeast and on the seventh day hold a festival to the Lord. Eat unleavened bread during those seven days; nothing with yeast in it is to be seen among you, nor shall any yeast be seen anywhere within your borders. On that day tell your son, ‘I do this because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that this law of the Lord is to be on your lips. For the Lord brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand. 10 You must keep this ordinance at the appointed time year after year.

Exodus says that the children of Israel had been slaves in Egypt for 210 years, and God promised that he would release them from slavery.
This would only come after the Egyptian Pharaoh had refused their release and God had released 10 plagues on Egypt to demonstrate his power. The plagues were
Blood, Frogs, Lice, Wild Beasts, Pestilence,Boils, Hail, Locust, Darkness.
Slaying of the First-born.
Following the last plagues, Pharaoh ordered Moses to immediately take his people out of Egypt.
The Israelites packed and left immediately without enough time for their bread rise – for this reason, unleavened matzah bread is eaten at Passover instead of risen or grain products. During Passover the Jews are commanded Exodus 13v3-7 " No leaven or yeast shall be eaten."
The festival's name comes from the belief that God "passed over" the Jewish homes when killing the Egyptian firstborns.
Before Passover the house is cleaned of any yeast, every room and crevice. Then a seder meal is celebrated with 4 cups of wine crackers called Matzohs and a symbolic meal including bitter herbs and roasted lamb. 

We pray for all our loved ones to get the care they need and the healing. We pray there will be someone they can turn to at this time to help them. We pray for all who are anxious. Give them your peace and calm in their hearts. Have your hand upon us, our homes and our loved ones. Be with us all we pray this night and every night. In Jesus Name Amen. 

Song “When Israel was in Egypt’s Land”


Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has kept us alive 



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