Shabbat Celebration

“There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath

of rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever

you live, it is a Sabbath to the ADONAI.” — Leviticus 23:3

A DAY OF REST -WHAT A WONDERFUL GIFT!

ADONAI gave us the Sabbath (Hebrew: Shabbat) as a day of rest and

rejuvenation, a day to enjoy His creation and focus on Him. Shabbat

means “to rest”. How many times in our busy lives we don’t take time for

needed rest! The pace of life today is much faster than it’s ever been.

Today’s families seem to never have enough time to spend together.

Celebrating the Sabbath provides time to unwind, be with family and

refocus on ADONAI. The Sabbath begins at sundown on Friday evening and

lasts until sundown on Saturday evening. The Friday evening meal (Erev

Shabbat or “Sabbath Eve”) is very special and celebrates entering into

Sabbath rest. Saturday evening it is customary to celebrate the close of

the Sabbath with the Havdalah service.

Unfortunately, the celebration of the Sabbath is a tradition that has

been lost to many Followers. The celebration is an excellent teaching

tool about ADONAI and His plans for humanity, and a wonderful “family time”

as well. This will provide basic information to help you to celebrate

the Sabbath.

HISTORY OF THE SABBATH

The Sabbath was the first festival to be outlined by ADONAI to Moses in the

book of Leviticus. It was the first festival observed by ADONAI Himself in

the book of Genesis, as well as being the first to be observed by man,

even before the revelation at Mount Sinai when the other festivals were

commanded. The Sabbath is a time of rest and is a Picture of the Bride

(ADONAI’s people) resting with the Bridegroom, Yeshua (YESHUA). It is very

symbolic of the ultimate fulfillment of the Sabbath — the 1000 year

rest (the Millennium).

In ancient Jewish eschatology, it was believed that time was a seven

thousand year period, starting with the creation of the Heavens and the

Earth in Genesis 1 and ending with the Messianic Kingdom in years 6000 –

7000 (Revelation 21). Time was divided into three stages of 2000 years:

Years 1-2000 (after the fall) called Tohu or desolation, years 2000-4000

called Torah, or instruction (after the giving of the law), and years

4000-6000 called Y’mot Mashiach, or days of the Messiah (starting with

the Messiah’s birth in the 4000th year). We are currently in this time

period. In the 6000th year the Messianic Kingdom is thought to begin

until year 7000, when the Olam Haba or eternity will begin. Ancient

Rabbis saw the 7 days of a week as a pattern of the seven thousand year

plan of ADONAI. They believed that the Sabbath was a picture of the

Messianic Kingdom, which we refer to as the Millennium.

The Sabbath begins at sundown on Friday evening and

                                                lasts until sundown on Saturday evening.

Here are the instructions for how to  Celebrate Shabbat

 

Welcoming the Shabbat

The mother or the woman of the home prays:

Abba Yahweh, I thank you for our salvation provided by You through Yeshua. I pray that You would make this Shabbat Day a Reminder that we are set apart to You and that You are our Elohim.
Yahweh give us Your wisdom and understanding as to how to keep this Shabbat day set apart.
In the Name of our Messiah Yeshua, Amen!

The Father or Man of The Home Prays:

Abba Yahweh, I thank You that You have created the Shabbat as a day of rest for us that we might change our focus from our things to You. May we remember our relationship with You and may we be reminded that all that we have is from You. I offer up this home to You as a set apart Shabbat home and that I may function as priest in this home at this time.
In the Name of our Messiah Yeshua, Amen!

 

 

Shalom Aleichem (This is Optional)

Shalom Aleichem malachei hasharet, malchei elyon
Mi-melech mal-chei hamlachim, hakadosh baruch hu.
Bo-achem l’shalom malachei hashalom malachei el-yon.
Mi melech malchei ham’lachim, hakadosh baruch hu.
Barchuni l’shalom malachei hashalom malachei elyon. Mi melech malchei ham’lachim hakadosh baruch hu.
Tzeit’chem l’shalom mal chei hashalom malachei elyon Mi melech malchei ham’lachim, hakadosh baruch hu.

Peace be upon you, ministering messengers, messengers of the Most High, from the King, the King of kings, the Holy One,
blessed be He!
May you come to peace, messengers of the Most High, from the King, the King of kings, the Holy One, blessed be He!
Bless us with peace, messengers of peace, messengers of the Most High, from the King, the King of kings, the Holy One, blessed be He!
Depart in peace, messengers of peace, messengers of the Most High, from the King, the King of kings, the Holy One, blessed be He!

 

CANDLE LIGHTING BLESSING
Blessed are You Adonai, our Yahweh,
King of the Universe, Who has sanctified us in Your Word, and given us Yeshua our Messiah, and command us to be light to the world.  Amen.
Blessed are You O Adonai our Yahweh, King of the universe, Who has given us the way of salvation in Messiah Yeshua. Amen.

 

Prayer After the Candle Lighting

May it be Your will, Adonai my Yahweh and Yahweh of my forefathers, that You show favor to me [my husband, my sons, my daughters, my father, my mother] and all my family; and that You grant us and all Israel a good and long life; crowning our home with Your divine presence dwelling among us. Privilege me to raise children and grandchildren who are wise and understanding, who love You and fear Yahweh, people of truth, holy offspring, attached to the Adonai, who illuminate the world with Torah and good deeds and with every labor in the service of the Creator. Please hear my supplication at this time, as You did for Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah our mothers, and cause our light to illuminate that it be not extinguished forever, and let Your countenance shine so that we are saved. Amen.

 

Shofar Blessing
The first blessing is:
Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha-olam asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu lishmoa kol shofar. Blessed are You, Ruler of the World, who has made us holy with commandments, and who has commanded us to hear the voice of the shofar.
The second blessing is:
Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha-olam shehecheyanu v’kiyimanu v’higiyanu lazman ha-zeh. Blessed are You, Ruler of the World, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season.

If you do not have a shofar, you may click here to hear the shofar sounding!

 

 

Blessing Over the Husband
How blessed are you, my husband.
For you do not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor do you stand in the path of sinners,
Nor do you sit in the seat of scoffers!
But your delight is in the Torah of Yahweh,
And in His Law you meditate day and night.
You are like a tree firmly planted by streams of water.
You yield fruit in its season and your leaf does not wither.
And in whatever you do, you prosper.

Blessing Of The Wife (Eishet Chayil)  (“a woman of valor”)

Abba (Father), we thank You for giving us wives of proverbs and, O Yahweh, I thank you for the wife that You’ve given me.

An accomplished woman, who can find? Far beyond pearls is her value. Her husband’s heart trust in her and he shall lack no fortune. She repays his good, but never his harm, all the days of her life. She seeks out wool and linen, and her hands work willingly. She is like a merchant’s ships, from afar she brings her sustenance. She arises while it is yet night, and gives food to her house-hold and a portion to her handmaids. She envisions a field and buys it, from the fruit of her handiwork she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She senses that her gain is good; her lamp does not go out at night. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and the bread of laziness she does not eat. Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her: Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all. Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears Adonai, she shall be praised. Give her but the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.

 

Blessing of the Children

For a Girl:
May Yahweh make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah.

For a Boy:
May Yahweh make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.

May Yahweh bless you and keep you.
May Yahweh cause His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.
May Yahweh raise His face to you and establish peace for you.

 

Prayer of Forgiveness
Purifying Prayer of Forgiveness and Repentance

“Abba Yahweh, I come to You in the Name of Adonai Yeshua the Messiah.
I thank and praise You for Your goodness, loving-kindness and mercies.
I bless Your Holy Name.
I confess all my sins to You, known and unknown, including the sins of deeds of the flesh (of Gal 5:19-21).
I forgive everybody who has sinned against me and I bless them.
I respectfully ask You to forgive them also and to bless them.
I repent and renounce all my sins and sinful ways, attitudes and conduct. Please cleanse me from all unrighteousness with the BLOOD of Messiah Yeshua.
I thank You for all Your Blessings. In the Name of Adonai Yeshua the Messiah Amen.

 

 

Hand Washing Blessing

Blessed are you, Adonai our Yahweh, King of the universe,
who has sanctified us with His commandments,
and commanded us concerning the washing of the hands.

(Baruch atah A-donay, Elo-heinu Melech Ha’Olam,
asher kideshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu al netilat yadayim.)

We dedicate our hands and the service of our work to you and you only Yeshua!

 

Kiddush

The sixth day. Thus the heavens and earth were finished, and all their array. On the seventh day Yahweh completed His work which He had done, and He abstained on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Yahweh blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it He abstained from all His work which Yahweh created to make.

Blessed are You, Adonai, our Yahweh, King of the universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine.

 

Blessing of the Bread

Blessed are You, Adonai, our Yahweh, King of the universe, Who sanctified us with His commandments, took pleasure in us, and with love and favor gave us His holy Shabbat as a heritage, a memorial of the creation, a day which is the beginning of our sacred gatherings, a memorial of our exodus from Egypt. For us did You chose and us did You sanctify from every tribe and nation. And Your holy Shabbat, with love and favor did You give us as a heritage. Blessed are You, Adonai, Who sanctifies the Shabbat.

Blessed are you, Adonai, our Yahweh, King of the universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth.

 

 

Prayer for after the Meal

(Deuteronomy 8:10 instructs us to bless Yahweh after we eat, yet this is something that most believers, even Messianic’s do not do. If you haven’t started, why not begin by making it a habit after the Sabbath meal? Then it will be an easy thing to add to your evening meals during the week. The prayer below is in part traditional, and I have added some verses from Scripture to remind us of the hope we have in Yeshua’s return.)

Father / Leader shall pray after the meal:

Blessed are You, Adonai our Yahweh, King of the universe, who, in His goodness, provides sustenance for the entire world with grace, with kindness, and with mercy. He gives food to all flesh, for His kindness is everlasting. Through His great goodness to us continuously we do not lack, and may we never lack food, for the sake of His great Name. For He, provides nourishment and sustenance for all, does good to all, and prepares food for all His creatures whom He has created, as it is said: You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. Blessed are You, Yahweh, who provides food for all. We thank you father for the good land which you promised to our ancestors. We pray for the end of our captivity; that Yeshua would speedily return, and of His kingdom there shall be no end. Your glory shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it. We shall delight in Yahweh , and you shall cause us to ride on the high places of the earth. He shall feed us with the heritage of Yaakov, our father, for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken it. It shall be said in that day, Behold this is our Yahweh; we have waited for Him, and He will save us; this is Yahweh; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His Yeshua. May the Merciful One grant us the privilege of reaching the days of the Messiah, and life in the World to Come. In Yeshua’s name….
All Say: Amen
Exit Prayer: (Sound the Shofar)

Thank You, Yahweh, for Your perfect Shabbat, for the grace of Your rest today.
This rest is a picture of the ultimate rest that will come which You promised.
We thank you for the candle extinguished,
Indicating that we separate the sacred from the normal,
Bless our work in the coming week which we will do to your glory,
We pray in Messiah Yeshua’s Name. (Amen).

 

Shema:

Shemá Israel, Adonai Elohenu, Adonai Echad. Baruch Shem Kevod Malchuto Leolam Vaed.

Hear Israel, the Eternal is our God, the Eternal is One. Blessed be the Name of Him whose Majesty is eternal.

 

Aaronic Blessing:

May Yahweh bless you and keep you.
May Yahweh cause His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.
May Yahweh raise His face to you and establish peace for you.

 

 

 

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