Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Celebrating Shabbat (Sabbath)


That's what comes to mind when I think of yesterday.

Not wanting to get too far ahead of schedule, we slowed way down on school this week. The only thing we didn't do last week was our Sabbath Celebration. Since we are leaving this Friday for Wildhorse and since Wednesday is The Captain's day off, we decided early Tuesday morning to do the Sabbath Celebration that evening.

The children and I scurried around, cleaning and preparing. Because it was last minute and our day was being interrupted by a trip to the municipal court, we decided our meal would be homemade spaghetti. It was a good choice since it went nicely with the Challah (bread).

The children help knead the dough and we were able to get one loaf baked before we left for court. A quick trip to the library, Kurt's violin lesson and a stop at the grocery store help fuel our excitement. Everyone helped as soon as we got home. Leisl picked out the flowers at the store and took the task of arranging them.

Brigitta helped with the cooking-

The Captain made it home in plenty of time and blessed us by playing "Sabbath Prayer" from Fiddler on the Roof.

Here is my first attempt at Challah (braided bread)

And here we are breaking the bread after the prayers and blessings.

I got so choked up saying the preparation prayer:

Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
you are the Author of peace.
You made the Sabbath holy,
You called us to honor this night.
Almighty God,
Grant us and all our loved ones rest
on this Sabbath day.
May the light of the candles drive out
from among us the spirit of anger,
frustration and fear.
Send your blessings that we may walk
in the ways of Your Word
and Your light.
Enter our hearts this night.
Heavenly Father,
We rejoice in Your creation!
It is from you we receive every good
and perfect gift.
Giver of live and love,
grant us Your peace,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A hush of awe settled over our home as the prayer was being said. It was amazing. Mealtimes are famous at our house for being very boisterous.

Not last night.

Truly the peace of Shabbat came. Everyone participated and said over and over again, "We need to do this all the time."

We are going to enjoy the remainder of our day of rest and celebrate the close of Sabbath at sundown tonight. But I just had to share the joy and wonder of it all.


Andrea Bell said...

how AWESOME!!!!

Joy @ happy to be at home said...

I love the blog-names you've given your family. Although my husband can't stand the movie, the Sound of Music is one of my all-time favorite movies. My sister and I even sang the song Doe, A Dear as a duet at a camp talent show in the 5th grade. I introduced the movie to my kids just a couple weeks ago, and they sing the songs from it all the time now. In fact, at dinner they were singing "So long, farewell…"

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Anonymous said...

The bread looked kneat. hee hee. What a beautiful table you set. The prayer was wonderful.
- Stacey

Lainie said...

Very "bun"ny Stacey

You butter be nice!!

Sirdvd said...

I love how each of the munchkins had a special job to do. What a wonderful day! We're doing ours soon!

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