This prayer begins the celebration of the Jewish festival of Pesach.

  1. Briefly describe the 'enslavement' their ancestors had suffered.

  2. To which 'Promised Land' were they travelling? Who had promised it to them?

  3. Which other word meaning freedom is used in the prayer?

  4. Give two examples of people who are 'still denied their human rights'.

  5. Why do you think the prayer suggests courage is needed to be free?

  6. Why might it be important for the story to be told 'from generation to generation' ?

  7. What do you think is meant by the phrase 'Let all God's children sit at his table' ?

  8. Look at the six pairs of important freedoms at the end of the prayer. Which would you choose as the most important if you could only choose one pair?
    Explain your choice.


  Long ago, at this season, on such a night as this,
a people - our people - set out on a journey.

All but crushed by their enslavement, they yet
recalled the far-off memory of a happier past.

And heard the voice of their ancestral God,
bidding them summon up the courage to be free.

Boldly, they went forth from Egypt, crossed the Sea,
and headed through the desert for the Promised Land.

What they experienced, they remembered,
and told their children, and they to theirs.

From generation to generation, the story was retold,
and we are here to tell it yet again.

We too give thanks for Israel's liberation;
we too remember what it means to be a slave.

And so we pray for all who are still fettered,
still denied their human rights.

Let all God's children sit at his table, drink the
wine of deliverance, and eat the bread of freedom:

                 freedom from bondage
                           and freedom from oppression,

                 freedom from hunger
                           and freedom from want,

                 freedom from hatred
                           and freedom from fear,

                 freedom to think
                           and freedom to speak,

                 freedom to learn
                           and freedom to love,

                 freedom to hope
                           and freedom to rejoice;

                 soon in our days,


  © Mr.B at Woodford County High School