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Jewish Worship at the time of Christ was very traditional and was made up of many traditions Prior to the actual commencement of the worship it was customary for each person to offer a private prayer as he entered the synagogue This was what we might call a quiet devotional time an opportunity to prepare ones heart for what is about to occur The service itself began with the Shema This Hebrew word means hear and it is the first word in the most fundamental Jewish creed Hear O Israel the Lord our God the Lord is one The Shema was usually preceded by either one or two benedictions the second being an evening prayer if the service was on a Friday night Blessed be Thou O Lord King of the world Who formest the light and createst the darkness Who makest peace and createst everything Who in mercy givest light to the earth and to those who dwell upon it and in Thy goodness day by day and every day renewest the works of creation Blessed be the Lord our God for the glory of His handiwork and for the light-giving lights which he has made for His praise Selah Blessed be the Lord our God Who hath formed the lights With great love hast Thou loved us O Lord our God and with much overflowing pity hast Thou pitied us our Father and our King For the sake of our fathers who trusted in Thee and Thou taughtest them the statutes of life have mercy upon us and teach us Enlighten our eyes in Thy law cause our hearts to cleave to Thy commandments unite our hearts to love and fear Thy name and we shall not be put to shame world without end For Thou art a God Who preparest salvation and us hast Thou chosen from among all n ations and tongues and hast in truth brought us near to
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