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Yom Kippur: Kol Nidrei Service 2020

September 27 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

Yom Kippur (Hebrew: יוֹם כִּיפּוּר‎), Also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days (or sometimes “the Days of Awe”). Kol Nidrei, Hebrew for “All Vows,” is the evening service of Yom Kippur. In the Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship we will start and celebrate Yom Kippur with open temple worship. All are invited to attend, endowed Latter Day Saints of all denominations are invited to participate. Worthiness is up to each individual. We will be performing all four of the Endowments of the Priesthood.

Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Sunday September 27, 2020, ending at sundown Monday September 28.

Time: 8:00pm EST, 7:00pm CST, 6:00pm MST, 5:00pm PT

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Program/Order of Service

The following is a play-by-play script for the Endowment. For instructions, please see Ordinances of the Saints pages 12-23. 

Opening

Shofar: Shofar During Yom Kippur

Scripture 1: Psalm 130
Reader: (TBA)

“Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O YHVH (Yahvah). Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, YHVH, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for YHVH, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. Let Israel hope in YHVH: for with YHVH there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption. And He has redeemed Israel from all her iniquities.”

Hymn: Behind the Veil by MiYah

There’s a space that I know
There’s a place that I go
To seek Your face, to hear Your voice, to heal my soul

And the world fades away
When I go behind the veil
When I go – Behind the veil

There’s a time when I can see – Eternity
There’s a time when I can be – Eternally
Seeking Your face, Hearing Your voice, Healing my soul

And the world fades away
When I go behind the veil
When I go – Behind the veil

There’s feeling when I kneel
A closeness I feel
A love so real
Behind the veil

There’s a place that I know
There’s a place that I go
Behind the veil

Prayer: (TBA)

Traditional Kol Nidrei Prayer:

Light is sown for the righteous, and for the upright in heart—joy. With the consent of the Almighty, and consent of this congregation, in a convocation of the heavenly court, and a convocation of the lower court, we hereby grant permission to pray with transgressors.

All vows, and things we have made forbidden on ourselves, and oaths, and items we have consecrated to the Temple, and vows made by money, and vows made by promises, and vows made by trade, and sworn, and dedicated, and made forbidden upon ourselves; from this Yom Kippur until next Yom Kippur—may it come to us at a good time—We regret having made them, may they all be permitted, forgiven, eradicated, and nullified, and may they not be valid or exist any longer. Our vows shall no longer be vows, and our prohibitions shall no longer be prohibited, and our oaths are no longer oaths.

Forgive the entire congregation of the children of Yisrael and the strangers among them for the entire people sin unintentionally. Please pardon the sins of this nation in accordance with the greatness of Your loving kindness; and as You forgave this people from when it left Egypt until now.

And there it is said:

Congregation:

And YHVH (Yahvah) said: “I have pardoned them as you have asked”

Consecration and Renewal at the Altar

Sacrament of Communion Service

Reading of the Statement on Communion: (David)
Communion Prayers: (TBA)

Scripture 2: Moroni 4:4 RAV, 4:3 OPV; Avahr 34:21

“O God, the eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son and witness unto thee, O God, the eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.”

Scripture 3: Moroni 5:3 RAV, 5:2 OPV; Avahr 34:23

“O God, the eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine or water to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son which was shed for them, that they may witness unto thee, O God, the eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.”

(Music for meditation to follow)

Hymn for meditation: Amazing Grace

The Endowments

All are invited to witness the Endowment service, only those that have been endowed may participate. All endowed Latter Day Saints are invited to participate at their level of endowment. Those choosing to participate should come dressed in their Priesthood garments, and gartel (sash) and tallit if they desire, prepared to dress to the appropriate level of their endowments. 

David and Kristine: “I ask you, art thou a brother or a sister? I salute you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, in token of the Everlasting Covenant, in which Covenant I receive you to fellowship; in a determination that is fixed, immovable, and unchangeable, to your be your friend and brother (sister) through the Grace of God, in the bonds of love, to walk in all the commandments of God, blameless in thanksgiving forever and ever.”

All ministers in the Congregation: “I am a (brother/sister) I salute you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, in token of the Everlasting Covenant, in which Covenant I receive you to fellowship; in a determination that is fixed, immovable, and unchangeable, to your be your friend and (brother/sister) through the Grace of God, in the bonds of love, to walk in all the commandments of God, blameless in thanksgiving forever and ever.”

Kristine: The Endowments are to prepare you for service in the Church of Christ and exaltation in the Celestial kingdom and should not be seen as a requirement for salvation in the kingdoms of God. The Endowment is given as one dedicates themselves to a life of service to the Lord. The full Endowment is an invitation to join the Church of the Firstborn. This invitation is extended to all present.

David: Understand that this night we take upon ourselves once again the sacred obligations in service to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; the violation of which will bring the judgments of God, for God will not be mocked. If you desire to withdraw rather than accept these obligations of your own free will and choice, you may now make it known.

The Law of Sacrifice

Kristine: Please remove your shoes and gartal, and fasten the apron about your waste, over the Garment of the Priesthood. Tie your gartel about the waste, over the apron, with the bow to the right. Then, if you wish, you may return your shoes to your feet. This apron represents the Holy Priesthood that you have been ordained to, and the oaths you have made at baptism.

Scripture 4: Book of Remembrance 14:26-31, 43
Reader:
(TBA)

“And thus I gave unto them that apron of cloth, spun from leaves, that they should remember to repent of their sins before me and the priesthood and oaths that I did impart unto them in the Garden. And behold, I did teach them by the means of the holy emblems I didst placed I upon them; and I made them garments of the skins, made holy unto me by the emblems placed I upon them: The square for the justice of Elohim, and the compass for my mercy; for behold in my atonement are both ends met; and the symbol of my Holy Spirit and also a sign unto them and to all generations that every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that I, even Jesus, am the Christ: Son of the Living God. And this I shall give unto all that shall serve me that thy may
remember that from the beginning they might be saved in me by my name if they are faithful… For behold, this I did give them that they might worship me and through me the Father in spirit and in truth, and that through me they might return to the presence of God.”

David: We desire to impress upon your mind the sacred character of the token of the Law of Sacrifice, and its sign. Remember your covenants at baptism; to observe and keep the Law of Sacrifice, as contained in the Old and New Testaments. This is not a sacrifice of animals, but rather this Law of Sacrifice refers to the call as a Christian to pick up one’s cross and follow the Savior, thus giving our lives to Him, as you have chosen to do as a member of this Fellowship, and a Minister of Christ in this royal Priesthood.

Kristine: Gives the sign of the Law of Sacrifice.

This sign is made by bringing the right arm to the square, the palm of the hand to the front, the fingers close together, and the thumb extended. This sign is also used when sustaining members in the Fellowship, in voting, and at other times as instructed.

David: Gives Kristine the token and the sign of the Law of Sacrifice across the altar by clasping their right hand with the right hand of the receiver, placing the joint of the thumb directly over the first knuckle of one another’s hand. Both exchange their new names.

The name of this token is the new name received with one’s garments. When the token is given, the new name is given.

We invite all to give the sign, token, and name of the Law of Sacrifice to the individuals next to you, each in turn.

Ministers in the Congregation: give the sign exchange the token as appropriate. 

The Law of the Gospel

David: Please remove your shoes, apron, and gartel. To wear the robes of the Levitical Priesthood, place the robe on over the left shoulder, over the garments. Place the cap on the head, leaving the ears uncovered. The apron is them put back on, over the robes, the gartel tied with the bow on the right. The shoes may then be returned to the feet.

Scripture 5: 3 Nephi 12:34-35 RAV, 27:21-22 OPV
Reader:
(TBA)

“Thus saith the Lord: Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do, that shall ye also do; for that which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do; therefore, if ye do these things blessed are ye, for ye shall be lifted up at the last day.”

Kristine: I shall now give unto you the Law of the Gospel, as contained in the Holy Scriptures; to give unto you, also, a charge to avoid all light mindedness, scornful laughter, evil speaking of your brothers and sisters, or of the Lord’s anointed, the taking of the name of God in vain, and every other unholy and impure practice. I desire to impress upon your mind the sacred character of the token of the Law of Sacrifice, and its sign; and to remind you of your baptismal covenants to observe and keep the Law of the Gospel and this charge, as it has been explained.

David: Gives the sign of the Law of the Gospel.

This sign is made by bringing the right hand in front, with the hand, palm up, in cupping shape, the right arm forming a square; the left arm is raised to the square, the palm of the hand to the front, the fingers close together, and the thumb extended.

Kristine: Gives David the token and sign of the Law of the Gospel by clasping right hands, placing the joint of the thumb between the first and second knuckles of each other’s hands. Both exchange their first given names.

The name of this token is the individual’s first given name. When the token is given, the name is given.

We invite all to give the sign, token, and name of the Law of Sacrifice to the individuals next to you, each in turn.

Ministers in the Congregation: give the sign exchange the token as appropriate. 

The Law of the Son or the Law of Christ

Kristine: Please remove your shoes, apron, sash, robe and miznefet. Your robe is now to be worn on the right shoulder, over the garments. Place your miter on your head, without covering your face or ears. Tie your apron and gartel on over the robes, tying the bow of the gartel on the right. Your shoes may then be returned to your feet.

Scripture 6: John 19: 16-19
Reader:
(TBA)

“And they took Jesus and led him away. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. And Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

David: I shall now give unto you the Sign of the Nail, in preparation to receive the Law of Consecration; to give unto you also a charge to avoid all unholy and impure thoughts and practices. I am required to remind you of your baptismal covenants to observe and keep the law of the gospel and this charge, as it has been explained. I desire to impress upon your mind the sacred character of the token of the Sign of the Nail, and its sign; and to remind you of your baptismal covenants to observe and keep your covenants and this charge, as it has been explained.

Kristine: Gives the sign of the Son.

The sign of the Son is made by bringing the left hand in front, with the hand in cupping shape, the left arm forming a square. This is in reverence to the bitter cup from which Jesus drank. The right hand is then brought forward, with the palm facing down, the fingers close together, the thumb extended, placed over the left hip. This is in reverence of the wound in his side, which was pierced by a spear, that his bones not be broken.

David: Gives Kristine the token of the Sign of the Nail, placing the tip of the forefinger of the right hand in the center of the palm,
and the thumb opposite on the back of the hand of the one receiving it, and stating: 
The Son.

This token represents the nails in Jesus’ palm when he was crucified for us. The name of this token is “the Son,” as in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Son of Man.

The name of this token is the Son, as in the Son of God or the Son Ahmen. When the token is given, the name is given.

We invite all to give the sign, token, and name of the Law of Sacrifice to the individuals next to you, each in turn.

The Law of Consecration

David: At this time, if you have not yet done so, you may put on your tallitot.

Scripture 7: Book of Remembrance 16:2-5
Reader:
(TBA)

“And it came to pass that Adam and his wife, Eve, did leave the Garden and the presence of the Lord; and they were faithful unto the commands I gave them in the Garden. For behold, I did teach them to keep sacred that which they had learned in the Garden before being cast out; and we commanded them that they should not sell them at any price nor give them unto those that know not the Lord. And this they did; and they called unto me oft saying: Pe le-El, asking God to hear the words of their mouths.”

Kristine: I shall now give unto you the Law of Consecration as contained in the scriptures, in connection with the Law of Sacrifice and the Law of the Gospel which you have already received and remind you of your baptismal covenant; that you are Christ’s and that you are Christs. At that time, you consecrated yourself; your time, talents, and everything with which the Lord has blessed you, or with which he may bless you, to the service of and discipleship to Jesus Christ. And, as a High Priestess in Zion, you have further dedicated your services to the building up of the kingdom of God on the earth, and for the establishment of Zion.

David: Gives the sign of the Law of Consecration.

The sign of the Law of Consecration is made by raising both hands high above the head, and while lowering the hands three times repeating aloud the words: “Pe le-El; Pe le-El; Pe le-El” each time, with the motion of the hands. The hands should be lowered in three movements, as each word is spoken. “Pe:” hands above head, “le:” the arms are dropped to the square, “El:” the hands lowered to the height of one’s chest.

Kristine: Gives David the token by clasping the right hands, interlocking the little fingers, and placing the tip of the forefinger upon the center of the wrist, keeping the thumbs parallel with the fingers, stating it’s name.

The name of this token is “Health in the navel, marrow in the bones, strength in the loins and in the sinews, power in the Priesthood be upon me, and upon my posterity through all generations of time, and throughout all eternity.” When the token is given, the name is given.

This token has reference to the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When He was placed upon the cross, those that crucified him drove nails through the palms of his hands; then, that the weight of his body would not cause the nails to tear through the flesh of the hands, they drove nails through his wrists. Hence in the palm is the Sign of the Nail, and in the wrist is the Sure Sign of the Nail, or the Nail in the Sure Place.

We invite all to give the sign, token, and name of the Law of Sacrifice to the individuals next to you, each in turn.

Time for silent meditation

Hymn: Kingsfold as presformed by Enoch Train

Closing

Closing Prayer: True order of Prayer lead by David and Kristine

Note: Only fully endowed members are invited to join in the True Order of Prayer. To perform this prayer, those joining will make a circle around the altar. The invitation should remind all that only the best of feelings should exist in the circle. Anyone with unkind feelings toward another member of this circle should be invited to withdraw so that the Spirit of the Lord may be unrestrained. Members of the circle may be invited as moved by the Spirit or prepared to come up in advance.

David: In the circle we make the signs of all the tokens of the holy priesthood.

Leads the ministers in all of the signs of the Priesthood.

Please raise your left arm to the square, and rest it on the shoulder or arm of the person to the left, if possible, and your right hands joined with the sure sign of the nail.

Make the sign of the Law of the Gospel, offering a prayer, as moved by the Holy Spirit.

Congregation: As the Dave says each phrase of the prayer, the members of the circle repeat it in unison.

Closing Hymn: Yom Kippur (Finale)

Details

Date:
September 27
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT