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Welcome to the Unleavened Messianic Articles: Unleavened Pesach Service Outline

Article from:  The Seder Service in a Nutshel. A quick overview of the Passover Meal's steps

At the Seder, every person should sees them-selves as if they were going out of Egypt. Beginning with our Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, we recount the descent of Yisrael into Egypt and recall their suffering and persecution. We are with them as YAHWEH sends the Ten Plagues to punish Pharaoh and his nation, and follow along as they leave Egypt and cross the Sea of Reeds (Red sea). We witness the miraculous hand of YAHWEH as the waters part to allow Yisrael to pass through, then inundate and drown the Egyptian legions.

Kadesh (the Benediction)

The Seder service begins with the recitation of Kiddush, proclaiming that this Moed (appointed scriptural feast of YAHWEH) is Set Apart unto YAHWEH. This is done over a cup of wine, *the first of four cups that we will drink, while reclining to the left, during the Seder.

The Four Cups of Wine. (Why four cups?)

The Torah uses four expressions of freedom or deliverance in connection with the liberation of Yisrael from Egypt (Exodus 6:6-7). Also, the Children of Yisrael had four great merits, while in exile: (1) They did not change their Hebrew names; (2) they continued to speak their own language, Hebrew; (3) they remained highly moral; (4) they remained loyal to one another. Wine is used because it is a symbol of joy and happiness.

Why We Recline

When drinking the four cups and eating the Matzah we lean on our left side to accentuate the fact that we are a free people in YAHWEH

Note: In ancient times only free people had the luxury of reclining while eating.

Urchatz (Purification)

We wash our hands in the usual, ritually-prescribed manner before a meal, but without the customary blessing.

Karpas

The next step in the Seder, Karpas, requires dipping food into water, which in turn mandates that the food be eaten with a utensil or that one's hands be purified by washing. 

A small piece of parsley, onion or boiled potato is dipped into salt water and eaten (after reciting the blessing over vegetables). Dipping the Karpas in salt water is an act of pleasure and freedom.

The Hebrew word "Karpas," when read backwards (SPRK), alludes to the backbreaking labor performed by the 600,000 Yisraelites in Egypt. [Samech has the numerical equivalent of 60 (60 times 10,000), while the last three Hebrew letters spell "perech," hard work.] The salt water represents the tears of our ancestors in Egypt.

Yachatz (Breaking the Matzah)

The middle Matzah on the Seder plate is broken in two. The larger part is put aside for later use as the Afikoman. This unusual action not only attracts the child's attention once again, but also recalls the splitting of the Sea of Reeds (Red sea) by Father YAHWEH that allowed the Children of Yisrael to cross on dry land. The smaller part of the middle Matzah is returned to the Seder plate. This broken middle Matzah symbolizes humility and will be eaten later as the "bread of poverty."

Maggid (the Haggadah)

At this point, the poor are invited to join the Seder. The Seder tray is moved aside, a *second cup of wine is poured, and the child, who by now is bursting with curiosity, asks the time-honored question: "Mah nish-tah-na  hah-laila-ha-zeh  me-kol  hah  leilot?" 

Why is this night different from all other nights?" Why only Matzah? Why the dipping? Why the bitter herbs? Why are we relaxing and leaning on cushions as if we were kings?

The child's questioning triggers one of the most significant “mitzvot” of Passover, which is the highlight of the Seder ceremony: The Haggadah, (telling the story of the Exodus from Egypt). 

The answer includes a brief review of history, (1) a description of the suffering imposed upon the Yisraelites, (2) a listing of the plagues visited on the Egyptians, and (3) an enumeration of the miracles performed by YAHWEH the Almighty ONE, (4) the redemption of His people.Rochtzah (Washing Before the Meal). After concluding the first part of the Haggadah by drinking (while reclining) the second cup of wine, the hands are washed again, this time with the customary blessings, as is usually done before eating bread.

Motzie Matzah (We eat the matzah)

Taking hold of the three Matzot (with the broken one in between the two whole ones), recite the customary blessing before bread. Then, letting the bottom Matzah drop back onto the plate, and holding the top whole Matzah with the broken middle one, recite the special blessing "Al achilat Matzah." Then break at least one ounce from each Matzah and eat the two pieces together, while reclining.

Maror (the Bitter Herbs)

Take at least 1 ounce of the bitter herbs. Dip it in the charoset, then shake the latter off and make the blessing "Al achilat Maror." Eat without reclining.Korech (the Sandwich). A sandwich of Matzah and Maror is now eaten. Break off two pieces of the bottom Matzah, which together should be at least one ounce. Again, take at least 1 ounce of bitter herbs and dip them in the charoset. Eat the sandwich while reclining.

Shulchan Orech (the Feast)

The Pesach meal is now served. We begin the meal with a hard boiled egg dipped into salt water.

Tzafun (Out of Hiding)

After the meal, the half Matzah which had been "hidden," is taken out and eaten. It symbolizes the Paschal lamb, which was eaten at the end of the meal. Everyone should eat at least 1 1/2 ounces of Matzah, reclining, before midnight. After eating the Afikoman, we do not eat or drink anything except for the two remaining cups of wine.

Barech (Blessings After the Meal)

*third cup of wine is filled and the after meal blessing is recited. After the blessing of the after meal, we recite the blessing over wine and drink the third cup while reclining.

Now we fill the cup of YAHshua and our own cups with wine. We open the door and recite the passage which symbolizes our drinking of the cup with YAHshua in Habah Olam at His second coming.

Note:  Traditionally this cup is poured for EilYah in every sect of Yisrael except the Unleavened Messianic Assemblies) 

Hallel (Praise)

At this point, having recognized YAHWEH the Almighty ONE, and His unique guidance of Yisrael, we go still further and sing His praises as the Creator, Sovereign King, and Ruler of the entire universe.After reciting the Hallel, we again recite the blessing over wine and drink the *fourth cup, reclining

Nirtzah (Acceptance)

Having carried out the Seder service properly, we are sure that it has been well received by YAHWEH. We then say "Leshanah  haba'ah  bee-YAHrushalayim -- Next year in YAHrushalayim"


Unleavened Messianic Family Shabbat: Experience Shabbat in your home

The Unleavened Family Shabbat begins on Friday evening before Sunset. This is done because once the sun goes down you are to Rest beginning on the evening of Shabbat, which begins at 3 stars. Shabbat Rest was made for the man, not the man for the Sabbath. The Sabbath or Shabbat is for Rest.

Here is a Siddur (Order/Structure) for a unleavened Shabbat family service:

1. The Shabbat starts off with the Giving Tzedakah (Charity/a monetary gift).  Usually you will have a Tzedakah box in which you and your children put money into and then recite the following prayer.

Hebrew: Baruch atah YAHWEH - YAHoheinu Melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu bemitzvotav vetzevanu al tzedakah

English: Blessed are you, YAHWEH our Mighty One, King of the Universe, who has Set us Apart by His Mitzvot (teachings - guidelines - instructions - directives - insights) and has commanded us concerning Tzedaka

2. The next part is the Candle Lighting ceremony, which the wife does (or an appointed woman). The women is the light bearer that brings the light into the world a type or picture of Mariam (Mary) who brought YAHshua into the world. After lighting the candle the women waves her hands three times toward herself and then recites this prayer.

Hebrew: Baruch atah YAHWEH  YAHoheinu Melech ha-olam, asher kidshanu bemitzvotav vetzevanu OR goyim  v’natan-lanu et YAHshua HaMashiach, OR  ha-olam. ...Ameyn...

English: Blessed are you, YAHWEH our Mighty One, King of the Universe, who has Set us Apart by His Mitzvot and has commanded us to be a light to the nations and Who gave to us YAHshua the Mashiach, the Light (OR) of the World. ...Ameyn...

3. Next you pray for your sons and daughters as follows.

(For Sons):
Hebrew: Y’simchah YAHohim ke’Ephraim v’chi-Menasheh.
English: May YAHWEH make you as Ephraim and Mannaseh.

(For Daughters):
Hebrew: Y’simaech YAHohim k’Sarah Rivkah Rechael  v’Lea-ah.
English: YAHWEH  make you as Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah.

4. Next is the Blessing Over Wife (Ayshet Cha-Yil) in which  Proverbs 31 can be recited or prayed over the wife. The prayer is as follows:

Hebrew:
Eshet chayil mi yimtza v’rachok mip’ninim michrah 
Batach bah lev ba’lah v’shalal lo yechsar
G’malathu tov v’lo ra kol y’mei chayeiha
Darshah tzemer ufishtim vata’as b’chefetz kapeiha
Haitah ko’oniyot socher mimerchak tavi lachmah
Vatakom b’od lailah vatiten teref l’vetah v’chok l’na’aroteiha 
Zam’mah sadeh vatikachehu mip’ri chapeiha nat’ah karem 
Chagrah v’oz motneiha vat’ametz zro’oteiha
Ta’amah ki tov sachrah lo yichbeh balailah nerah
Yadeha shilchah vakishor v’chapeiha tamchu felech
Kapah parsah le’ani v’yadeiha shil’chah la’evyon
Lo tira l’vetah mishaleg ki chol betah lavush shanim
Marvadim astah lah shesh v’argaman l’vushah
Noda bash’arim ba’lah b’shivto im ziknei aretz
Sadin astah vatimkor vachagor natnah lak’na’ani
Oz v’hadar l’vushah vatischak l’yom acharon
Piha patchah v’chochma v’torat chesed al l’shonah
Tzofi’ah halichot betah v’lechem atzlut lo tochel
Kamu vaneha vay’ash’ruha ba’lah vay’hal’lah 
Rabot banot asu chayil v’at alit al kulanah
Sheker hachen v’hevel hayofi ishah yir’at YAHWEH hi tit’halal
T’nu lah mip’ri yadeiha vihal’luha vash’arim ma’aseha

English:
An accomplished woman, who can find?
Her value is far beyond pearls.
Her husband’s heart relies on her and he shall lack no fortune.
She does him good and not evil, all the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax, and works with her hands willingly.
She is like the merchant ships, she brings her bread from afar.
She arises while it is still night, and gives food to her household and a portion to her maidservants.
She plans for a field, and buys it. With the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
She girds her loins in strength, and makes her arms strong.
She knows that her merchandise is good. Her candle does not go out at night.
She sets her hands to the distaff, and holds the spindle in her hands.
She extends her hands to the poor, and reaches out her hand to the needy.
She fears not for her household because of snow, because her whole household is warmly dressed.
She makes covers for herself, her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known at the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes a cloak and sells it, and she delivers aprons to the merchant.
Strength and honor are her clothing, she smiles at the future.
She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the lesson of kindness is on her tongue.
She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise and praise her, her husband lauds her.
Many women have done worthily, but you surpass them all.
Charm is deceptive and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears YAHWEH shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.

5.   Next is the blessing for the Shabbat (short version) goes as follows:

Hebrew: Baruch atah YAHWEH  YAHoheinu Melech ha-olam, asher bidvaro ma’areev ‘araveem. ...Ameyn...

English: Blessed art Thou, YAHWEH our Mighty One, King of the universe, Who at the Word brings on the evenings. ...Ameyn...

The long version is as follows:

Hebrew:  Vay’hi erev vay’hi voker yom hashishi vay’khulu hashamayim v’ha’aretz v’khol tz’va’am vay’khal YAHohim bayom hash’vi’i m’la’kh’to asher asah vayish’bot bayom hash’vi’i mikol m’la’kh’to asher asah Vay’varekh YAHohim et yom hash’vi’i vay’kadeish oto ki vo shavat mikol m’la’kh’to asher bara YAHohim la’asot

English:   And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day. The heavens and the earth were finished, the whole host of them And on the seventh day YAHWEH completed his work that he had done and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.And YAHWEH blessed the seventh day, and SET IT APART, because in it he had rested from all his work that YAHWEH had created to do.

Hebrew:  Barukh atah YAHWEH, YAHoheinu, Melech ha-olam asher kid’shanu b’mitz’votav v’ratzah vanu v’shabbat  kad’sho b’ahavah uv’ratzon hin’chilanu zikaron l’ma’aseih v’rei’shit ki hu yom t’chilah l’mik’ra’ei kodesh zeikher litzi’at Mitz’rayim ki vanu vachar’ta v’otanu kidash’ta mikol ha’amim v’shabat kad’sh’kha b’ahavah uv’ratzon hin’chal’tanu

English:  Blessed are You, YAHWEH, our Mighty One, King of the Universe who Set us Apart with his Mitzvot, and has been pleased with us.You have lovingly and willingly given us Your Set Apart Shabbat as an inheritance, in memory of creation because it is the first day of our Set Apart assemblies, in memory of the exodus from Egypt because You have chosen us and Set us Apart from all peoples and have willingly and lovingly given us Your Set Apart Shabbat for an inheritance

Hebrew:  Barukh atah YAHWEH  m’kadeish hashabat ...Ameyn...

English:  Blessed are You, YAHWEH who has Set Shabbat Apart ...Ameyn...

6.   Next is the Kiddush or the Blessing over the wine as follows:

Hebrew:  Baruch atah YAHWEH YAHoheinu Melech ha-olam, borey p’ree ha-gaphen. ...Ameyn...

English:   Blessed are thou, YAHWEH our Mighty One, King of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine. ...Ameyn...

7.   Next is the washing of hands as follows (A bowl of water and a towel is needed).

Hebrew:  Baruch attah YAHWEH YAHoheinu Melech ha-olam asher kiddeshanu bemitvotav vetzivanu al netilat yadayim

English:   Blessed are you, YAHWEH our Mighty One, King of the Universe, who has Set us Apart by His Mitzvot and has commanded us about washing the hands

8.   Next is the blessing of the Bread as follows:

Hebrew:  Baruch atah YAHWEH  YAHoheinu Melech ha-olam, ha-motzi lechem min ha’eretz. ...Ameyn...

English:   Blessed are thou, YAHWEH our Mighty One, King of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth. ...Ameyn...

9.   The next blessing is the blessing over the meal as follows:

Hebrew:  Baruch atah YAHWEH  YAHoheinu Melech ha-olam, borae meenay mazonot. ...Ameyn...

English:   Blessed are thou, YAHWEH our Mighty One, King of the Universe, Creator of all kinds of foods. ...Ameyn...

Next is the blessing after meal as follows:

Hebrew:  Barukh attah YAHWEH YAHoheinu Melech ha’olam hazan et ha’olam kullo betuvo, bechen bechesed uvrachamim. Hu notein lechem lekholbasar ki le’olam chasdo. Uvtuvo haggadol tamid lo chaseid lanu ve’al yechsar lanu mazon le’olam va’ed, ba’avur shemo haggadol. Ki hu El zan umfarneis lakhol, umeitiv lakol umeikhin mazon lekhol b’riyotav, asher bara. Barukh attah hazan et hakkol. ...Ameyn...

English: Blessed are you, YAHWEH our Mighty One, King of the universe, Who nourishes the whole world in goodness, with favor, kindness, and compassion. You give bread to all flesh, for Your mercy endures forever. And through Your great goodness we have never lacked, nor will we lack food forever, for the sake of Your great Name. For You are YAHWEH, who nourishes and sustains all, and does good to all, and prepares food for all Your creatures which You created. Blessed are You, YAHWEH, who nourishes all. ...Ameyn...

10.   After the meal service, the following is done. 

11.   Next is the Blessing of the Mashiach at end of service as follows:

Hebrew: Baruch atah YAHWEH  YAHoheinu Melech ha-olam, asher na-tan lano et deh-rech ha-ya-shoo-ah b’Meh-shee-ach YAH’shua.

English: Blessed are You, YAHWEH our Mighty One, King of the Universe, who has given us the way of salvation in the Mashiach YAHshua.

12.   Conclusion of Shabbat service

Hebrew: Ye-ve-recha YAHWEH  ve-yeesh-me-recha. Ya-er YAHWEH panav  e-ley-cha  vee-choo-ne-cha  Yisa YAHWEH  panav e-lay-cha  v’yasim l’cha Shalom. B’Shem YAH’shua  ha-Ma-shi-ach  sar  ha-shalom, shalom.

English: May YAHWEH bless you and keep you. May YAHWEH make His face shine upon you and favor you; and May YAHWEH lift his countenance upon you, and give you Shalom (peace). 

In HIS anointed  name of salvation YAHshua the Mashiach and  the Prince of Shalom (Peace).  

SHALOM