Passover, or Pesach, is an annual festival, which falls on the 14th of Nissan, the first month of the Hebrew calendar. It commemorates the night that the firstborn sons of Israel were spared from death and the subsequent freedom from slavery and exodus from Egypt. It also commemorates the sacrifice of Yehoshua, our passover lamb. As he said, "This do in remembrance of me."
Passover also marks the beginning of the feast of unleavened bread, which lasts for the next week. During the feast of unleavened bread, only unleavened bread, or matzah, may be allowed in one's house. Therefore, before Passover begins, all leavened bread products must be searched out and removed. Hence the tradition of "Spring Cleaning."
Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Corinthians 5:7-8
Reader 3/Candle Lighter:
Traditionally, the eldest woman of the household begins the Pasover seder by lighting the two candles. She waves her hands over the flames 3 times, bringing the light to her face, in remembrance of Moses' desire to see God's glory. Then she covers her eyes, as Moses was hid from the face of God in the rock, and recites the blessing with those gathered.
All: Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by Your commandments, and commanded us to be a light to the nations, and gave us Yehoshua our messiah, the Passover lamb.
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