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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

# 28 - Kiddush

This is the second of three great Jewish “Sacred Time” prayers I want to introduce you to. In the Jewish social and religious tradition, the time of gathering prior to meal time is also a Sacred Time. It is a time of celebration, joy, and “lifting the cup.” During this time a long prayer of blessing and thanksgiving to God is spoken by the head of the household. This prayer is called the Kiddush, and always ends with these words of blessing: “Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, who creates the fruit of the vine.” To the Jews, and in this prayer, the fruit of the vine represents the Joy of being God’s chosen people, the formation of Israel (Abraham) and the celebration of Deliverance (Moses). To the Christian it reminds further of the Chalice, and Christ’s blood shed for our salvation. Holy Joy!

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