Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ah'nay'noo / Answer Us

On public fast days, the following prayer asking for communal forgiveness is added by the prayer leader to the repetition of the Amidah during morning and afternoon services. An individual who is fasting includes Ah'nay'noo when saying the silent Amidah at the afternoon service.

Ah'nay'noo, Ah'doh,nai, Ah'nay'noo, b'yom tzohm ta'anee'taynu, kee v'tza'rah g'dolah ah'nach'noo. Ahl tayfen el reeshay'noo, v'ahl tastair pa'necha mee'meh'noo, v'ahl teet'ah'lahm mee't'chee'na'taynoo. Heh'yay na karov l'shav'ah'taynu, y'hee na chas'd'cha l'na'cha'maynu, terem nick'ra aylecha ah'naynoo ka'da'var sheh'ne'eh'mar: 'V'ha'yah terem yeek'ra'oo va'ah'nee eh'eh'neh, oad haim m'da'b'reem va'ah'nee eh'shma.' Kee Ah'tah Ah'doh'nai ha'ohneh b'ayt tzara, podeh oo'ma'tzeel b'chol ayt tzara v'tzooka. Ba'ruch Ah'tah Ah'doh'nai ha'oneh b'ayt tzara.

Answer us, Lord, answer us on our Fast Day for we are in great distress. Look not at our wickedness. Do not hide Your face from us and do not ignore our plea. Be near to our cry; please let Your loving-kindness comfort us. Even before we call to You, answer us, as is said, 'Before they call, I will answer. While they are still speaking, I will hear.' For You, Lord are the One who answers in time of distress, redeems and rescues in all times of trouble and anguish. Blessed are You, Lord, who answers in time of distress.

--Translation reproduced with permission from The Koren Sacks Siddur,
© Koren Publishers Jerusalem Ltd.

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