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Haggadah 12-13

12. Tzafun – Eating the Afikoman

After the meal, a search is conducted for the hidden (Hebrew tzafun) Afikoman. A prize may be awarded to “redeem” the Afikoman from the one who finds it.

Leader describes the significance of the Lord’s Supper and then, holding up the Afikoman, says, “This we eat in remembrance of the Passover Lamb.”

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me…” Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.      1 Corinthians 11.23-24, 27-29


“I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If a man eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”       John 6.47-51

Leader offers invitation and prayer.

People share the bread of life.

13. Berach – GRACE

Leader describes the cups of redemption and acceptance and the Cup of Elijah and their place in the Lord’s Supper.

Reader: Elijah the Prophet

Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”


As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written,


“‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way before you.’


Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.        Matthew 11.2-15

Leader holds up the uncovered Chalice and says:

This cup represents the blood of the Passover Lamb. “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” He said to them.


“This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.      1 Corinthians 11.25-26

Leader offers invitation and prayer.

People share in the Lord’s Cup and then sing Song #4 “Holy unto You”* softly:

Holy unto You, Holy unto You;
Hear this humble prayer and make me holy unto You.
Kadosh kadosh l’cha, Kadosh kadosh l’cha;
Hear this humble prayer, make me kadosh kadosh l’cha.


Verse 1:
LORD I come to You, with a humble heart,
Seeking more of You, wanting less of me, wanting more of You.
From my deepest parts, God of mercy hear,
Comes an urgent prayer that my heart’s desire is to You draw near.


Verse 2:
I give myself to You, on the altar lay;
Spirit come and fill, so that I can more follow and obey.
Let Your light more shine, in this wounded heart;
Clean and purify, so that You can more of Yourself impart

            Lyrics with chords:

Leader (praying):

O God, whose wonderful deeds of old shine forth even to our own day; you once delivered by the power of your mighty arm your chosen people from slavery under Pharaoh, to be a sign for us of the salvation of all nations through faith in our Messiah: Grant that all the peoples of the earth may be numbered among the offspring of Abraham, and rejoice in the inheritance of Israel, through Jesus our Messiah and Lord.



People (singing Song #5, “Resting Place”*):

Heaven is my throne and earth is my footstool
Where is the house You will build for me?
Whom of You will hear the cry of my heart?
Where will my resting place be?


Here oh LORD have I prepared for You a home
Long have I desired for You to dwell
Here oh LORD have I prepared a resting place
Hear oh LORD I wait for You alone


(or as an alternate “El Shaddai”†):

Chorus 1:
El shaddai, el shaddai, El-elyon na adonia
Age to age You’re still the same by the power of the name
El shaddai, el shaddai, Erkamka na adonai
We will praise and lift You high, El shaddai


Verse 1:
Through Your love and through the ram, You saved the son of Abraham
Through the power of Your hand, turned the sea into dry land
To the outcast on her knees, You were the God who really sees
And by Your might, You set Your children free


Repeat Chorus 1


Verse 2:
Through the years you’ve made it clear, that the time of Christ was near
Though the people couldn’t see, what messiah ought to be
Though Your word contained the plan, they just could not understand
Your most awesome work was done, through the frailty of Your son


Chorus 2:
El shaddai, el shaddai, El-elyon na adonai
Age to age You’re still the same by the power of the name
El shaddai, el shaddai, Erkamka na adonai
I will praise You till I die, El shaddai (repeat)