Blessed is the Match Consumed in Kindling Flame

The flag of Israel by the Kotel or Western Wall

Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame.
Blessed is the flame that burns in the heart's secret places.

Blessed is the heart with strength to stop its beating for honor's sake.
Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame.

Israel, born in pain, has lived in peril. We pray for the welfare of her people and their land. May they dwell in safety and live in peace and friendship with their neighbors.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
may those who love you prosper!
Let there be peace in your homes,
safety within your borders.
For the sake of my people,
My friends, I pray you find peace.
For the sake of the House of the
Lord our God, I will seek your

(Gates of Prayer: The New Union Prayer Book, CCAR, 1975, pp 412-414)