Sermons make the Passover celebrations all the more religious. This article explains all you need to know about them and we have given you some tips on writing a few for Pesach this year.
Pesach or Passover is an eight-day long celebration that begins on the night of the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Nissan. It is one of the most auspicious and the most celebrated occasions for the Jews. During the Seder meal or the "Feast of Freedom", which happens to be an important part of the festival, various activities are performed, apart from having lavish food. The activities include singing the Passover songs and chanting prayers. If you are planning to have an elaborate Passover celebration at home, you can try making a scrumptious meal and make the event a lot more religious by including sermons in the celebration. Sermons are long speeches, which addresses a biblical or a theology-minded crowd. Religious topics are spoken about at lengths and inferences from the holy Bible are also used. These sermons usually illustrate a type of by law or belief within reference to past and present context. Make the evening slightly more light hearted with a few sermons. This article will help you learn how to write some meaningful sermons for the big Passover day.
Tips To Write Passover Sermons
- The addressing speech of a sermon should be an impressive one therefore, make sure to write it carefully.
- You must take care of the duration of a sermon. It should neither be too long, nor too short. Most of the times, the length is determined by the addressing speech.
- Remember to follow reliable sources while writing a sermon. If you are writing a sermon for Pesach, then Exodus story of Bible is one of the most reliable sources, from which you can adopt some passages.
- While writing the sermon, arrange the whole thing properly, in a chronological manner. You also need to decide about the flow of the sermon.
- It is the orator and his/her oratory skills, which decides the quality of the sermon. How much good a sermon may be written, a lot depends on the vocal tone. You must have perfect voice modulation while delivering it.
- Take care of the pitch of your voice. It should be neither too slow, nor too high. At the same time, the voice should be pleasing to the ears.
- While delivering a sermon, the flow of thought should be continuous. Try to be brief and meaningful, so the sermon does not turn out to be monotonous for the audience.
Example Of An Excerpt
To make a sermon even more interesting, give biblical inferences or excerpts from religious texts. This will not only add weight to the sermon, but is sure to keep the audience's attention in full swing all the way. This is an example from a text of the exodus. This can be effectively used while talking about the Passover sacrifice or feasts.
- “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats.
- Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. Do not eat the meat raw or cooked in water, but roast it over the fire--head, legs and inner parts. Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD's Passover.”
Remember the Passover celebrations happen only once a year. Why not try something new this year and celebrate the festival in the true spirit of freedom. Feel free to use pieces of literature from anything religious or theological. If you want to get some more inspiration, try watching a few movies such as 'Prince of Egypt' or 'Exodus' for a visual rendition of the texts. They might inspire you even more than the texts to write brilliant sermons for this occasion.