1. Woman prays -— ‘Blessed art thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctiﬁed us by Thy commandments and commanded us to be a light unto the nations and has given us Yeshua (Jesus), the Light of the World.’
2. Man prays -— ‘Blessed art thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has kept us in life, and has preserved us, and has enabled us to reach this season.’
3. Fill cup for ﬁrst time — The Cup of Sanctification. Man then says — ‘Blessed art thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.’
4. Dip a piece of parsley (symbolic of new life in the Spring) into the salt water – (symbolizes tears shed under bondage in Egypt). Man then says — ‘Blessed art thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the earth.’
5. Break middle piece of Matzah bread from the Matzah Tash bag – (symbolises broken body of Adonai Yeshua, the Lord Jesus). One piece to be wrapped in napkin (symbolises body of our Lord in burial cloth known as the Afikomen – that which comes later, a fitting tribute). Man then says – ‘Blessed art thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who brings forth the bread from the earth.’
NB. It was at this point that the Lord Jesus said, “Take eat, this is my body.” Matthew 26:26.
6. First dipping of bitter herbs. Each person to take a piece of celery and dip into horseradish.
7. Second dipping into horseradish. Each person to take two small pieces of matzah bread, then put some of the Charoset mixture in the middle of both pieces of the matzah bread to form a brick and them dip into the horseradish sauce and eat. This is called the Sop dipped into the bitter herbs mixture/sour vinegar and represents the bricks made in Egypt for their Egyptian masters.
(This is also called the ‘Hillel Sandwich’ in memory of the 1st century Rabbi who taught that enough of the bitter herbs should be upon the Matzah bread to bring tears to the eyes to remember the tears of the Hebrews in their captivity and bondage).
8. Fill cup for second time — The Cup of Praise or Plagues. Man says – ‘We thank you, for Your mercies O Lord, unto us, You have brought us out of sin and death and judgement to come. You have given us Your Word, our Redeemer, Saviour and Messiah, as a reconciliation and atonement for all ours sins.’ (Tradition has the man dipping his finger into the wine ten times letting each drop fall onto a small plate as he reads out the 10 plagues God brought upon Egypt and its people).
9. Eat meal together.
NB. Before the third cup was filled Judas had already left the Upper Room as the Lord Jesus had given him the sop ﬁrst, identifying His betrayer. (The sop is the matzah bread and charoset dipped into the bitter herbs, today being the horseradish).
10. Fill cup for third time – The Cup of Blessing/Redemption.
Bring back hidden piece of Matzah bread and break into pieces and take communion together. Drink third ﬁlling in remembrance of Him.
NB. It was at this point in the meal that the Lord Jesus said, “For this is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew:26:28
11. Eat desert together.
12. Fill cup for the fourth time – The Cup of Acceptance.
Man then says, ‘We thank You, O Lord, for Your grace and tender mercies towards us, for we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood and a holy nation unto You.’
NB. Adonai Yeshua, the Lord Jesus had already said, “But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.” Matthew 26:29.
(As His people would not accept Him as their Messiah, He would not drink it anew with them until they do accept Him as a nation on His return to reign and rule.)
– A Blessing for all –
The Lord bless you and keep you,
The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious unto you.
The Lord lift up His countenance towards you
and give you His peace.
Date : 30/11/-0001