Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Hannukah: Eighth Candle

Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has given us holidays, customs and times of happiness to increase our knowledge of God and to build us up in our most holy faith.

Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our spiritual fathers in those days at this season.


Jesus said: Whoever wishes to be first among you shall be the servant of all.

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.


The Eighth Candle and final candle
Revelation 21: 22-27 gives us a description of our glorious eternal dwelling place in the New Jerusalem, the new creation, the eighth day.


"And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it...



For the Glory of the Lord has illumined it,


...and its lamp is the Lamb.



And the nations shall walk by its light, and the kings of this earth shall bring their glory into it.


And in the daytime (for there shall be no night there) its gates shall never be closed;



and they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying shall ever come into it,



but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life."


May His Peace be upon us all as we wait and serve Him until then.

(Thank you to Rabbi Lauren for writing the Hannukah Candle lighting ceremony that I used these past posts.)

5 comments:

Vicki said...

Amen.

Thank you, Jill, for hosting - and explaining - this beautiful ritual.

Lovella said...

Jill, seeing the red candle burn down was a beautiful illustration.

Thank you for hosting us each and every evening for Hannukah!!

Glorious Hats said...

Adding my thank you as well. This was a neat experience.

Sara said...

Thank you Jill. You have added something special and beautiful to my understandings and celebrations at this season.

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Thanks Jill, for the special posts the past few days. I DID stop by yesterday, but flew in and flew out w/o time for a comment. Beautiful photos and history.
Blessings to you and yours this Christmas season!