Prayers for the holidays

As we approach the holiday season, we are faced with yet another opportunity to pause in the midst of all the excitement, decorations, and commercialization, to consider again the origin of Christmas–the One whose birth we celebrate. Let’s not forget the true meaning of why we celebrate during this time of year. Celebrate the baby Jesus and trust Him as Savior today.

Reflect on the joy and hope of the holiday season with these Christmas prayers:

  • A Prayer to Keep Christmas Simple
  • A Prayer to Remember What Christmas is All About
  • A Prayer for Peace During Holiday Season
  • Christmas Eve Benediction
  • A Short Prayer of Thanks
  • A Prayer to Keep God at the Center During the Holidays
  • A Prayer for the Merry and Not-So-Merry
  • A Prayer to Re-focus During the Holiday Season
  • A Prayer for the Days After Christmas
  • A Christmas Tree Blessing
  • Lord, Remind Me Prayer
  • Happy Birthday Jesus Prayer
  • A Christimas Prayer of Thanks

1. A Prayer to Keep Christmas Simple

Dear Lord, don’t let us miss You this Christmas season. Help us to simplify our activities and traditions so we can focus our celebration on Your birth. Thank You for being the Prince of Peace, and I ask You for that supernatural peace to reign in our hearts. Thank You for the simple but life-changing message of Your love for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
~ Melanie Chitwood

2. A Prayer to Remember What Christmas is All About

Lord, I thank You for coming to earth so You could redeem me. When I think of the extent to which You were willing to go in order to save me, it makes me want to shout, to celebrate, and to cry with thankfulness. You love me so much, and I am so grateful for that love. Without You, I would still be lost and in sin. But because of everything You have done for me, today I am free; my life is blessed; Jesus is my Lord; Heaven is my home; and Satan has no right to control me. I will be eternally thankful to You for everything You did to save me! I pray this in Jesus’ name! 
~ Rick Renner

3. A Prayer for Peace During Holiday Season

Lord, in a season when every heart should be happy and light, many of us are struggling with the heaviness of life—burdens that steal the joy right out of our Christmas stockings. Crazy weather disasters strike at unsuspecting areas, ravaging peaceful homes and interrupting the lives of unsuspecting residents. Tragedy arrives as innocent victims suffer, and an inner voice whispers, “Be afraid!” We need your peace, Jesus.

Lord, we still carol the wonderful message, huddled beneath winter caps on snow-covered porches, or from churches, led by enthusiastic musicians or choir members. Yet we confess that our hearts are too often filled with wonder of a different kind: wondering when the bills will be paid, when the terror will stop, when rest will come. Will it ever? Is the message still true?

In a world where worry, not peace, prevails, stir up that good news again. This Christmas, make it real in our hearts. Never have we needed Your joy and peace more than now. Thank You for the gift of Jesus, our Immanuel, the Word made flesh. Forgive us for forgetting—that Your love never changes, never fades, and that You never abandon the purpose for which You came: to save us from our sinful condition, and to give us life eternal, the joy of relationship with a holy God. Your birth—and Your death—sealed Your promise to us forever.

For those whose hearts are battered by sorrow or broken relationships, for those whose lives know only conflict and confusion, for those whose bodies are tired and tested beyond their ability to endure this year—precious Savior, draw them close to You. Let them know You are still the same Jesus who was born of a virgin, not in a hospital but an animal barn, laid in a manger of hay. You are still the One sent by a heavenly Father who offered not condemnation for our sins, but love and forgiveness—and daily, divine fellowship.

We not only need Your peace and joy; Lord, we crave it. You’ve promised rest for the weary, victory for the battle-scarred, peace for the anxious, and acceptance for the broken hearted—not just at Christmas, but every day of every year.

Release the joy in us that’s been crushed by pride, wrong priorities, or world events. Tear down the strongholds that have held us captive far too long. Extinguish the flames of apprehension that rob us of a calm, quiet spirit. Show us again the beauty of that holy night so many centuries ago.

Your name is still called “Wonderful,” “Counselor,” “The Mighty God,” “The Everlasting Father,” and “The Prince of Peace.” As Your children, we cry out for a fresh filling, and a new awareness of Who You are. We choose by faith to make the “good news of great joy” a reality in our own lives, so others can see us as lighted trees of life, pointing to You this Christmas. We know one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that You are Lord. And we also know that peace on earth can only come when hearts find peace with You.

You are still our Joy. You are still our Peace. You are no longer a babe in the manger. You are Lord of lords and King of kings. And we still celebrate You as Lord—this Christmas and always.
~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan

4. Christmas Eve Benediction/Prayer

May you be filled with the wonder of Mary, the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the determination of the magi, and the peace of the Christ child. Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit bless you now and forever.

5. A Short Prayer of Christmas Thanks

Thank you God for sending Your Son on one glorious night to be born a virgin, to live a perfect life and to die on the cross for my sins. Thank you that he rose from the dead three days later and that this Christmas and every Christmas we can celebrate the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Amen.

6. A Prayer to Keep God at the Center During the Holidays

Lord, We worship You during this Christmas season. You are our wonderful Counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). We choose to put You at the center of our family life as we celebrate Your birth. Keep us from distractions and help us to invite You into all our family activities. Teach us to pray and help us to glorify and worship You in our family during this busy time of year. Give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation that we might know You better (Ephesians 1:17). Thank you for being Immanuel, “God with us.” Open our eyes to realize this each day as we interact with others. Help us to be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as You forgave us (Ephesians 4:32). Show us creative ways to love and care for those outside our home. Fill us to overflowing with Your love for the lost. Teach us to do acts of kindness to those who are in need at this time of year. May our family be a refreshment and light to others. We ask You to touch with salvation those in our family who do not know You . Open their hearts to Your great love for them. Help us to share Your Truth and be Your light. You are the Savior of the world.

We love Your Word and choose to make it central in our family life. Your Word is alive and active—It’s sharper than any double-edged sword—It judges the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts (Hebrews 4:12). We long to align ourselves spiritually with You and Your Word every day. We want to pray your Word with Your authority, and with greater faith and obedience in our lives as we approach this New Year. We rejoice in following Your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. We meditate on Your precepts and consider Your ways. We delight in Your decrees. We will not neglect Your Word. Open our eyes that we may see wonderful things in Your law. We run in the path of Your commands, for You have set our hearts free (Psalm 119:14-16, 18, 32).

Lord, we want to be passionate about the things you are passionate about. Help each member of our family to be a student of the Bible. Teach us to pray Your Word out loud in our family devotions in such a way that we see mighty spiritual breakthroughs in our home, friends, school, and workplace. Help us declare prophetic promises and decrees from Your Word. We want to experience the life-giving power of Your Word on a daily basis in our family. Show us truth in Your Word, and bring it to life through our prayers. Open the eyes of our hearts that we may be enlightened in order to know the hope to which You have called us, the riches of our glorious inheritance in You and Your incomparable great power (Ephesians 1:18-19). In Jesus’ name, Amen.

7. A Prayer for the Merry…and the Not-So-Merry

Father God, We thank You and praise You today for the miracle of Your Son’s birth. Thank You for bringing great JOY to the whole world! Thank You for giving us the assurance that because You came to us in the form of a human, we who believe in Jesus can know with absolute certainty that we’ll spend eternity with You.

We thank You, Lord, for the many reasons we have been given a merry Christmas. And we rejoice for each blessing. New life. New love. A home. A job. New opportunities. Second chances. And more.

We know, Lord, that You bring the sun and the moon and set the stars in motion. You tell the ocean where to stop and the snow when to start. And we thank You for the mighty gift of Your creation.

Thank You, Father, for spiritual leaders and faith-filled friends who keep encouraging us when we are close to giving up.

And although we have many reasons to rejoice today, Lord, we also know December 25th can be not-so-merry for a whole host of reasons. We pray for those who are experiencing loss this Christmas: relational, financial, spiritual and physical.

We pray for those who are coping with loving a prodigal and our friends and family members whose hearts are far from You. We pray for those dealing with unemployment and addictions and chronic sickness … and unending pain and frustrations of all kinds. Thank You, Lord, that You are The Wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace, even in the midst of our not-so-merry circumstances.

Finally, Lord, we ask You to grant us peace. Peace in our homes, peace in our churches, and peace in our hearts, when the world all around us spins out-of-control. Help us to stay focused on You, this Christmastime and always. Thank You for loving the whole world enough to send the greatest gift, Your Son, so that we might truly have a very merry Christmas. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
~ Steph Raquel

8. A Prayer to Re-focus During the Holiday Season

Dear God, sometimes I get too caught in the Christmas commercialism. OK, a lot of times. Today, I’m going to refocus my heart and remember why I’m celebrating this wonderful day in the first place. I’m celebrating Jesus today…and every day! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
~ Sharon Jaynes

9. A Prayer for the Days After Christmas

Dear God, Help us to focus on you today, remembering that the gift of Christ, Immanuel, is our most treasured gift for the whole year through. Fill us with your joy and the peace of your Spirit. Direct our hearts and minds towards you. Thank you for your reminder that both in seasons of celebration and in seasons of brokenness, you’re still with us. You never leave us. Thank you for your daily Presence in our lives, that we can be assured your heart is towards us, your eyes are over us, and your ears are open to our prayers. Thank you that you surround us with favor as with a shield, we are safe in your care. We choose to press in close to you today… In Jesus’ name, Amen.
~ Debbie McDaniel

10. A Christmas Tree Blessing (taken from Psalm 96 and Ezekial 17)

Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary. Ascribe to the LORD, all you families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Let all creation rejoice before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness. – Psalm 96  “‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it; it will produce branches and bear fruit and become a splendid cedar. Birds of every kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of its branches. All the trees of the forest will know that I the LORD bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. “ ‘I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.’” – Ezekial 17:22-24

prayers for the holidays

11. “Lord, Remind Me” Prayerful Song

When I hear the news and hear another war has begun
And I wonder if God’s on the side of either one
I hear bullet, nail, or handcuff he bore all of them And in the light my heart’s as dark as anyone’s
Lord, remind me
Lord, remind me

That the shepherds heard the angels break the silence in the field
That the wise men found a baby and they could not help but kneel
That the one who heard our weeping, became a child in manger sleeping
Lord, remind me
‘Cause it’s Christmas and I want to remember
~ Jon Guerra

12. Happy Birthday Jesus Prayer

Father, today I celebrate the reality of Your presence in my life. I celebrate Your birth, Your life, Your death, and Your resurrection. And as I celebrate, Lord, help me to be “God with skin on” to those in need around me. Open my eyes and let me see them as You see them! I love You. Happy birthday Jesus! In Jesus name, Amen. 
~ Mary Southerland, Girlfriends in God

13. A Prayer of Christmas Thanks

 Dear Lord, don’t let us miss You this Christmas season. Help us to simplify our activities and traditions so we can focus our celebration on Your birth. Thank You for being the Prince of Peace, and I ask You for that supernatural peace to reign in our hearts. Thank You for the simple but life-changing message of Your love for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

prayers for the holidays

This article is part of our larger Christmas and Advent resource library centered around the events leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ. We hope these articles help you understand the meaning and story behind important Christian holidays and dates and encourage you as you take time to reflect on all that God has done for us through his son Jesus Christ!

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Here we have a huge collection of Holiday prayers for Christmas and Thanksgiving. There are also prayers for baptism and birthdays listed below.

Look to the sidebar for links for prayers for more special days.

Christmas Prayers

Glory On God, In The Highest

Almighty God, eternal Father, I thank Thee
That Thou didst so love the world
As to give Thine only begotten Son,
That whosoever believeth in Him
Should not perish,
But have everlasting life.

I thank Thee for the manifestation
Of the Son of God in the flesh.
I thank Thee that he is not only
The Savior of the world, but also my Savior.

I thank Thee that Thou hast given
Me part in the great blessings which
Thy Son has brought into the world
As the Savior of men.

Grant unto me now the precious
Gift of faith whereby I may know
That the Son of God is come,
That I may have part in His redemption.

I thank Thee, O blessed Jesus,
That Thou didst take upon Thyself
The nature of sinful man;
That Thou didst make a full satisfaction
For all my sins, and didst reconcile me to the Father.

I thank Thee for the great joy which Thy coming
Into the world has brought to mankind.
O blessed Jesus, I thank Thee
That Thou didst become a little child,
So that we might become children of God.
I pray that Thou mayest also be born
In my poor heart.
Grant me a childlike faith
And unite me with Thyself by the power of Thy grace.
Let the Sun of Righteousness arise in my soul,
With healings in His wings.
Make me a true child of God,
And an heir of life eternal.
O Lord God, let the glad
Tidings of salvation be diffused
Throughout the whole world.
Hasten the time when the knowledge of
Jesus shall cover the whole earth.

O bless Thy people this day.
Bless all, great and small, who now rejoice
In the birth of Jesus.
Help all to receive the newborn
King with open hearts, and to join
In the song of the angels:
“Glory to God in the highest;
Peace on earth, good will to men.”
All of which I ask for His name’s sake.
Amen!

Peace Within

May today there be Peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love
That has been given you.
May you be content knowing that you are a child of God!
Let His presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul
The freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us!

Thanksgiving Psalms from the Dead Sea Scrolls

Songs of Thanksgiving

I will praise Thy works
With songs of thanksgiving,
Continually, from period to period,
In the circuits of the day, and in its fixed order;
With the coming of light from its source
And at the turn of evening and the outgoing of light
At the outgoing of darkness and the coming in of day,
Continually, in all the generations of time.

I am grateful, Heavenly Father,
For Thou hast raised me to an eternal height
And I walk in the wonders of the plain.

Thou gavest me guidance
To reach thine eternal company
From the depths of the earth.

Thou hast purified my body
To join the army of the angels of the earth
And my spirit to reach
The congregation of the heavenly angels.

Thou gavest man eternity
To praise at dawn and dusk
Thy works and wonders
In joyful song.

I thank Thee, Heavenly Father,
Because Thou hast put me
At a source of running streams,
At a living spring in a land of drought,
Watering an eternal garden of wonders,
The Tree of Life, mystery of mysteries,
Growing everlasting branches for eternal planting
To sink their roots into the stream of life
From an eternal source.

And Thou, Heavenly Father,
Protect their fruits
With the angels of the day
And of the night
And with flames of Eternal Light burning
Every way.

We Thank Thee, Jesus

O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.
He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. Be Thou exalted,
O God, above the heavens: and Thy glory above all the earth. Amen!

For what we have received, O Lord, we are devoutly thankful. May it be health to our body,
as Thy presence is health to our souls. Amen!

Thou hast been very good to us, O Lord, through all our lives, and these are only the
latest of countless bounties. To Thee be thanksgiving and glory, world without end. Amen!

Lord, we thank Thee for this meal. We will again set about our tasks; and may it be with
the renewed sense of Thy loving presence and tender care. Amen!

We thank Thee, Jesus, our bountiful Provider, for what Thou hast given us.
As Thou hast fed us here, continue to feed us, we pray Thee, with the Bread of Life. Amen!

Read Christmas Bible Verses

“And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”

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Birthday Prayers

Almighty God, my Heavenly Father,
I thank Thee that thou hast spared me to see the light
Of this interesting day. Frtom early childhood to this
Moment Thou hast watched over me and preserved me.
Help me this day to remember Thy love and mercy.
Thy goodness has ever been new unto me.

In all times and seasons, in joy
And in sorrow, Thou hast always been the
Same gracious Father unto me. All my wants
Have been supplied. Help me now to be devoutly
Thankful, and truly to love Thee. May Thy loving
Kindness draw my heart ever nearer to Thee. Remind me
This day of the rapid flight of time, and so teach
Me to number my days that I may apply my heart unto wisdom.

Help me to remember that soon the days and years of this life
Will be over. Help me so to live that when life’s end comes
I may render my account to Thee with joy, and not with grief.

Lord, abide with me. Comfort me when in sorrow, and help
Me to be thankful when in prosperity. Blessed Savior,
Who art the Way, the Truth and the Life, help me to
Love and serve Thee, that I may after this short life
Be fit for Life Everlasting, for Thy name’s sake. Amen!

Anniversary of Baptisms

Gracious God and Father, I thank Thee
This day that I was early made a member of Thy kingdom
By the holy sacrament of baptism. I thank Thee that I am
Not my own, but belong to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ,
Who has made full satisfaction for all my sins.

I thank Thee that before I could know Thee, I was brought to
Thee in holy baptism, and that now I am in the covenant of grace.
I thank Thee for the promises given to those thus brought to Thee.

Help me to realize and renew the promises made in my behalf
At my baptism, and to confirm them by a holy life.
Grant unto me ever the renewal of the Holy Ghost, and the
Forgiveness of sins, so that I may live unto Thee,
And not unto the world.

Ever guide my steps, that I may not wander away from Thee.
I thank Thee, o Father, for the great blessings which I enjoy
As a member of the Church. Sanctify unto me the means of
Grace, that I may be fitted for Thy service here, and for
Thy glory hereafter. Guide me, O God, through this life,
And bring me at last into Thy glorious kingdom in Heaven
in Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

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Jewish holidays are observed in various ways. Some are marked most notably by rituals that are performed at home, while others are largely observed in the synagogue and have specific liturgies associated with them. Below is a chronological listing of the annual cycle of Jewish holidays along with a guide to the specific blessings and prayers that are recited.

Rosh Hashanah

prayers for the holidays

From Christina Mattison Ebert’s D’rash Designs series.

The Jewish new year features a large number of prayers that are said on no other day of the year except for Yom Kippur, which follows Rosh Hashanah by 10 days. The holidays are thematically similar and contain so many unique prayers that they have their own High Holiday prayer book, known as a mahzor.  Below are some of the major prayers found in the mahzor.

Rosh Hashanah (and Yom Kippur) Liturgy

Unetanah Tokef: This liturgical poem is often considered the emotional pinnacle of the Rosh Hashanah service.  It includes the famous passages ruminating on who shall live and die in the coming year, verses that inspired the well-known Leonard Cohen song “Who By Fire?”

Avinu Malkeinu (“Our Father, Our King”): This poem is recited on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and often concludes with a line sung in unison by the congregation. Listen to the melody below:

Tashlich: This prayer, commonly recited on Rosh Hashanah or immediately after, literally means to “cast away.” It is meant to be recited beside a body of running water and it is customary to cast away the contents of one’s pockets at the conclusion — symbolic of the casting away of sins.

Piyyutim: One of the central features of the synagogue service on Rosh Hashanah (and Yom Kippur) is the recitation of various piyyutim — liturgical poems, many of them centuries old, which are often recited responsively, one line by the cantor or prayer leader followed by a line recited by the congregation. The particular selections vary significantly from synagogue to synagogue, but there are some common ones.

Rosh Hashanah Torah Readings

Genesis 21:1–34 (About Genesis 21)
Genesis 22:1–24 (About Genesis 22)

Yom Kippur

prayers for the holidays

From Christina Mattison Ebert’s D’rash Designs series.

The holiest day of the Jewish calendar, the fast day of Yom Kippur includes many of the prayers recited on Rosh Hashanah, along with several additions.

Yom Kippur Liturgy (also see Rosh Hashanah liturgy above)

Kol Nidrei: The evening of Yom Kippur is sometimes called “Kol Nidre night” because of this prayer — the first recited communally as the day begins. Though technically not a prayer but a legalistic formula involving the renunciation of vows, Kol Nidre is nonetheless considered an emotional high point of Yom Kippur services.

Viddui: Literally “confession,” this prayer is recited multiple times in the course of Yom Kippur. It includes a lengthy list of types of sin, and it is customary to recite the list in a low voice, bent forward slightly, while beating the chest for each one.

Yizkor: Literally “May remember,” Yizkor is a public service of bereavement. Traditions vary, but the service often includes prayers for departed members of the community, private prayers of remembrance for close family remembers, memorial prayers for specific groups (victims of the Holocaust, fallen Israeli soldiers), and the El Male Rahamim prayer recited at Jewish funerals.

The Ten Martyrs: During the repetition of the Mussaf (additional) service on the afternoon of Yom Kippur, it is customary to include a section that recounts the brutal deaths of 10 Torah sages at the hands of the ancient Romans.

Ne’ilah: Literally “closing of the gate,” Ne’ilah is the final service recited on Yom Kippur and is meant to evoke the closing of the gates of heavenly prayer and the final delivery divine judgment for the year ahead. It concludes with the proclamation of God’s kingship, the blowing of the shofar and the refrain “Next year in Jerusalem.”

Yom Kippur Torah Readings

Leviticus 16:1-34 (Summary)
Leviticus 18:1-30 (Summary)

Sukkot

prayers for the holidays

From Christina Mattison Ebert’s D’rash Designs series.

Unlike the High Holidays that immediately precede it, the festival of Sukkot has few specific prayers. Like Shabbat, there is an additional Musaf service recited during daytime services, as well as Hallel, a collection of celebratory psalms recited on most Jewish holidays.

There is also a special blessing recited upon sitting in the sukkah for meals, and another recited over the taking of the Four Species.

Sukkot Torah Reading

Leviticus 22:26 – 23:44 (Summary)

Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah

Immediately after the conclusion of Sukkot is the holiday of Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah. This holiday is one of two times during the year that Jews recite a prayer for weather — Tefillat Geshem (Prayer for Rain). It is recited immediately after Sukkot because rain on the holiday would make it impossible to sit in the sukkah.

Shemini Atzeret also inaugurates the inclusion of the phrase masheev haruach u-moreed hagashem (“Who causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall”) into the daily Amidah prayer, which continues until Passover. The memorial Yizkor service is also recited.

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Readings:

Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17 (Summary)
Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12 (Summary)

Hanukkah

prayers for the holidays

From Christina Mattison Ebert’s D’rash Designs series.

The eight-day festival of lights does not have any unique synagogue prayers associated with it. The Hallel service added to morning prayers on most holidays is recited all eight days of the holiday. There are special blessings associated with the lighting of Hanukkah candles at night. And a prayer of thanksgiving, Al Hanisim, is added to the daily Amidah prayer and to the Birkat Hamazon, the after-meal prayer, for the duration of the holiday.

Hanukkah Torah Reading

Numbers 7:1-8:4

Purim

Like Hanukkah, Purim has no specific synagogue prayers associated with it. The Book of Esther is traditionally read twice, at night and again in the morning. And a version of the Al Hanisim prayer recited on Hanukkah is added to the daily Amidah and the Birkat Hamazon.

Purim Torah Reading

Exodus 17:8-16

Passover

prayers for the holidays

From Christina Mattison Ebert’s D’rash Designs series.

The highlight of the Passover holiday — the seder — occurs in the home rather than the synagogue, and is technically not a prayer (though it includes some prayers, like Hallel, which is also recited during synagogue services over the holiday). The Prayer for Dew — a counterpoint to the Prayer for Rain recited on Shemini Atzeret — is also recited on Passover. Yizkor and Hallel are both recited on Passover.

Passover Torah Readings

Exodus 12:21-51
Leviticus 22:26-23:44

Shavuot

prayers for the holidays

From Christina Mattison Ebert’s D’rash Designs series.

On the eve of Shavuot, it is customary in some communities to stay up all night studying Torah, sometimes using Tikkun Leil Shavuot as a guide.

During daytime synagogue services, a special Shavuot hymn is added, both Hallel and Yizkor are recited, and there is a reading of the Book of Ruth.

Shavuot Torah Readings

Exodus 19:1-20:23
Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17

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