A Passover Seder in the Light of Christ
THE FOURTH CUP: PRAISE (HALLEL)
(Fill the fourth cup.)
LEADER: We come to the fourth and last cup. This cup tells of Gods promise to gather a people to Himself. For us as Catholics, we see that God has gathered people of every race and language and land to faith in Christ Jesus. We, the Church around the world, are His people: a new Israel with a new covenant. God has delivered us from slavery to sin by the Cross of Christ. Seeing the Blood of Jesus on the doorposts of our hearts, death will pass over us as well. Israel passed through the Red Sea. Likewise, we have passed through the waters of baptism. Therefore, God will gather us into the promised land of heaven where there is a new and eternal Jerusalem, There we will be living stones in a Temple that can never be destroyed, and we will celebrate forever the Wedding Feast of the Lamb.
(Raise the cup and say the following blessing:)
Baruch attah Adonai Eloheynu Melech Haoolom
ALL: Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe,
(All drink the fourth cup.)
ALL: Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe for the fruit of the vine, for the produce of the field, and for the precious, good and spacious land which You have favored to give as an heritage to our fathers, to eat of its fruit and be filled by its goodness. Have mercy, Lord our God, on Israel Your people, on Jerusalem Your city, on Zion the abode of Your glory, on Your altar and on Your Temple. Rebuild Jerusalem, the holy city, speedily in our days, and bring us up into it, and make us rejoice in it, and we will bless You in holiness and purity. Remember us for good on this day of the Festival of Matzot. For You, Lord, are good and do good to all, and we thank You.
O Pure One in heaven above, restore the congregation of Israel in Your love. Bring them to the fullness of the knowledge of our beloved Messiah, your only-begotten Son Jesus, and to the fullness of the Redemption of your Church. Speedily lead Your redeemed people to Zion in Joy.
LEADER: Ended is the Passover Seder according to custom, statute and law. As we are privileged to celebrate the Passover this year, may we be privileged to do so in the years to come.
ALL: Next Year in Jerusalem!
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(From The Hebrew Catholic, #73, Winter 2000-2001. All Rights Reserved.)
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