Sabbath Prayer In English

Welcome to Sabbat.org’s page on Sabbath Prayers in English, right here you will find various Sabbath Prayers that allow you to pray for each day of the week. Feel free to print, share and bookmark our page as it contains a wide variety of available prayers for each day of the week.

This site was created to help you pray while observing the Sabbath according to the Holy Scriptures. Psalm 92 reads: “It is good to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto your name, O most High: To shew forth your lovingkindness in the morning, and your faithfulness every night.” This night-and-day cycle of prayer is a simple yet powerful way we can learn how to praise God at all times (Psalms 77:12).

Prayer is a beautiful experience in which we converse with God. When we engage in the full Sabbath prayer experience, we are rewarded by God for our obedience to Him. We should make the most of the Sabbath and not spend the day serving ourselves, but rather sharing our time with a higher power.

Hearken, O Children of the Earth , to the words of your Creator as we bow our heads in prayer upon this, the Sabbath Day. Hear us, Our Father in Heaven, our Mother in the World.

Sabbath Prayer In English

At the beginning of Shabbat, candles are lit by the woman of the household (if there are no females over 12 years old present, a man may do this). They are lit before Shabbat begins, at least 18 minutes before sunset. She lights two candles, passes her hands over the candles a few times, then covers her eyes and recites this blessing. After the blessing is complete, she uncovers her eyes and looks at the lit candles as if for the first time.

What is the reason for this odd procedure? Normally, blessings are recited before you do the thing that you are saying the blessing for, so normally you would say the blessing before lighting the candles. But once this blessing is complete, Shabbat is in effect for the household, and you can’t light a fire! So you light the candles first, cover your eyes so you don’t see that they are lit while you say the blessing, then look at the candles as if they were newly lit after the blessing.

Note, by the way, that we are not “blessing” the candles (or the wine or bread later). It’s not a blessing of the candles; it’s a blessing over the candles. It’s more of a, “Hey, God! Look at us! We’re doing this thing you told us to do!” The word “blessed” (barukh) in this prayer refers not to the candles, but to God, who sanctified us by giving us the opportunity to earn merit by fulfilling this simple obligation.

Sabbath Prayer In English

Use your hands to shield your eyes from the flames and recite the blessing while your eyes are covered.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אַדֹנָ-י אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶׁל שַׁבָּת קֹדֶשׁ

Transliteration: Bah-rookh ah-tah ah-doh-noi eh-loh-hay-noo meh-lekh hah-oh-lahm ah-sher ki-deh-shah-noo beh-mitz-voh-tahv veh-tzee-vah-noo leh-hahd-lik nehr shehl shah-baht koh-dehsh.

Translation: Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the light of the holy Shabbat.

The time of candle-lighting is considered particularly auspicious for private prayer. Women have traditionally prayed, as they stand with eyes closed, for health, happiness, children who will illuminate the world with Torah, and the ultimate Redemption which will be ushered in by the Messiah. Girls, too, offer their own prayers at this special moment, as they discover the beauty of a practice which will enlighten their entire lives.

Uncover your eyes, gaze at the Shabbat lights and greet your family with “Good Shabbos” or “Shabbat Shalom.”

Once you light the candles, you have accepted Shabbat. As fire is muktzeh (set aside, and forbidden to move) on shabbat, the candles and candlesticks may not be moved until the conclusion of Shabbat.

Afterthought

A small flame, or pair of flames, can seem so small and weak. How much of a difference can it make in the gloom of a world engulfed in darkness? The answer is a lot. The beauty of light is that even the smallest point of radiance can dispel much darkness. In the words of the sages, “a candle to one is a candle to many.”

And together, all of our Shabbat candles, from all over the globe, will join together in creating a giant blaze of spiritual light, ushering in the era of eternal Shabbat, the days of Moshiach. To quote the sages once again, “If you keep the light of Shabbat,” says G‑d, “I will show you the lights of Zion.”

May it happen soon. Amen!

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