5 February 1837 Hebrew Service Re-Established in Palestine Place, London
After the lapse of centuries Christian worship was again held in the sacred Hebrew tongue, by the establishment, on February 5th, 1837, of a regular Hebrew Service in Palestine Place on Sunday afternoon. The prayers were read on that day by [Alexander] McCaul, and the sermon preached by [Bishop Solomon] Alexander from Romans xi. 14. Hebrew Christians joined with Gentile Christians in worshipping the redeemer of Israel in the language of their forefathers.
By the end of this year 246 Jews had been baptized in the Society’s church. The results of the London work were, on the whole, very encouraging; the weekly Hebrew service, besides being increasingly attended by Jewish Christians, drew a small congregation of resident Jews, and also formed a point of attraction for foreign Jews visiting the country.
Another most important event was the publication, in 1837, by the Society, of the Liturgy of the Church of England in Hebrew, a copy of which was presented to each of the Arch- bishops and Bishops of the United Kingdom, as well as to other learned divines and scholars, from whom were received many important testimonies to the accuracy of the translation.
Missionaries of the Society, too, have testified again and again to the extreme usefulness of this Hebrew version of our Prayer Book, which has enabled services to be held in that language in the Society’s churches in London and Jerusalem, and has been a standing witness to the Jew of the simplicity, the purity, and the Scriptural character of Divine worship according to the rites of that Church of which the Society’s missionaries are ministers. This is no small matter with a people who are greatly averse to savours, however slightly, of idolatry.
Avinu shebashamayim. Yitkadesh sh’mecha. Tavo malchutecha. Y’hi r’tsoncha k’vashamayim k’va’aretz. Teyn lanu hayom lechem chukeynu. Us’lach lanu et-chovoteynu. Ka’asher anachnu sol’him lchayavenu. V’al t’vieynu lidei nisayon ki im haltseynu meyra’. Ki l’cha hammam’lcha v’hag’vourah v’hatipheret l’olamim. Amen
Prayer: Avinu shebashamayim. Yitkadesh sh’mecha. Tavo malchutecha. Y’hi r’tsoncha k’vashamayim k’va’aretz. Teyn lanu hayom lechem chukeynu. Us’lach lanu et-chovoteynu. Ka’asher anachnu sol’him lchayavenu. V’al t’vieynu lidei nisayon ki im haltseynu meyra’. Ki l’cha hammam’lcha v’hag’vourah v’hatipheret l’olamim. Amen
Thank you Lord for these early beginnings of Messianic Jewish liturgy in modern times. The whole Messianic movement is indebted to these Anglican liturgiologists. May those who worship you do so in Spirit and in truth, with a broken and contrite heart. Help us to worship you as you deserve. In Yeshua’s name we pray. Amen.