The tradition of Watchnight comes from when enslaved African-Americans stayed up all night in prayer meetings waiting for news of the Emancipation Proclamation being signed this was on December 31st but we know the Biblical New Year is in the Spring so I was led to ask on Facebook why don’t we do Hebraic Watchnight prayer services the night before First of Abib which starts on sundown. Many responded that they were interested.
🙏🏿1st of Abib Watchnights would be prayer gatherings for an evening or all night to pray for the freedom of our people and pray for the upcoming New Year that we would grow closer to Yah and his ways. Basically a prayer gathering to honor our history and pray for future liberation.
👉🏾This does NOT take the place of Yom Kippur and is not the same as Yom Kippur or all night Shavout prayer but we should be praying in all circumstances.
🙌🏿So if you want to host a Hebraic Watchnight prayer gathering visit the link in my bio and register for a Hebraic Watchnight Prayer Gathering Guide with the history of Watchnight, prayers and suggested gathering outlines.
These gatherings can be held in assemblies or homes and are totally up to the host.
📅 Since many follow different calendars you do this when your calendar states it’s First of Abib.