Candle Blessings

Candle Blessing 1

Candle Blessing 2

Traditional Jewish
Candle Blessing

Blessing Over
the Bread

Blessing Over
the Wine





















"Shabbat Shalom" is the traditional greeting for Shabbat.
It means Sabbath Peace.





Shabbat is first and foremost of the Feasts of the Lord.  After creating the heavens and the earth, God rested on the Sabbath day.

Genesis 2:3  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

And God commanded mankind...

Exodus 20:8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy

And not just Israel...

Exodus 20:10 ...the stranger that is within thy gate.

Exodus 31:13 Speak thou also to the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep; for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; hat ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.

Exodus 31:16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual (everlasting) covenant.

Isaiah 58
13 If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honorable; and shall honor him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thin own words:

14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and fee thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Yeshua kept the Sabbath...

Luke 4:16  And He (Jesus) came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

Early church fathers changed God's appointed Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday.  There's nothing wrong with going to church on Sunday, but it's not the Sabbath of the Lord.

Sabbath begins at sundown and Friday evening and ends at sundown on Saturday evening.  This is the time of the Lord's Shabbat.

How amazing it is to look back on my life in college and the early part of my marriage (30 years ago) and to remember how Carolyn and I would often spend Friday evenings as our "Special Times" alone with the Lord, often with the lights low and soft music, as we spent time in prayer and worship.  This was long before we knew anything about the Hebrew roots of our Christian faith.  It's interesting how God pulled us to that day and time. 

Over the years we've learned how special Shabbat's like looking forward to the visit of a dear friend.



Carolyn prepares to light the Shabbat candles by saying the blessing.


Messianic Shabbat Candle Blessing 1


Hear the Blessing

This candle represents CREATION.  Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe, Who brings forth light out of darkness.
This candle represents REDEMPTION.  Jesus (Yeshua) said, "I AM the Light of the world."  Our Lord said, "You are the light of the world.  Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
As we light these lights (or candles) and set them to give light to all who are in this house, light our lives with the great love of your Son, Yeshua, Ha Mashiach,
in whose name we pray.
Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu, Melech ha olam.
Natan lanu or ha olam v'Shabbat, B'Yeshua Ha Mashiach.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has given us the Light of the world and Shabbat, through Yeshua the Messiah.

Messianic Shabbat Candle Blessing 2


Hear the Blessing


Baruch  Atah  Adonai, Eloheinu,  Melech  ha olam,
Asher kidshanu beed-va-reh-cha,
V’na-tahn la-nu et Yeshua m’she-chay-nu,
V’tzee-va-nu l’he-oat oar la-olam.  Ah-main.


Blessed are You, O L-rd, our G-d, King  of  the  Universe,
Who has sanctified us in Your Word,
Given us Yeshua our Messiah,
and commanded us to be light to the world.  Amen.



                      Linda lights Shabbat candles

Leslie lights the candles at Purim


Traditional Jewish Shabbat Candle Blessing


Hear the Blessing

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha olam,
Asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu l'hadleek ner shel Shabbat.
Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has set us apart by Your commandments and has commanded us to kindle the Sabbath lights.



Curtis says the blessings over the bread and wine.


Blessing over the Bread


Hear the Blessing

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha Olam, Ha'motzi lechem min ha'aretz.
Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe,
Who brings forth bread from the earth.


Blessing over the Wine


Hear the Blessing

Baruch Atah Adoani, Eloheinu Melech ha Olam, Bore p'ri Hagafen.
Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine.



Aaronic Benediction



Hear the Blessing - Spoken


Hear the Blessing - Sung


Y'-va-re-ch'-cha  A-do-nai  v'-yish-m'-re-cha;
Ya-er  A-do-nai  pa-nav  e-le-cha  vi-chu-ne-ka;
Yi-sa  A-do-nai  pa-nav  e-le-cha,
V'-ya-sem l'-cha  sha-lom.


The L-RD bless you and keep you,
The L-RD make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you,
The L-RD lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.