Prayer on Yom Teruah to the Possessor of All Mercies
There is a very interesting prayer on Yom Teruah, the Day of the Trumpets, that mentions the name of a minister of the Face [of YHVH]. The title of this prayer is “Sar HaPanim”, which is Hebrew for “Minister of the Face”, in the Prayer Book for Rosh HaShana Machzor Raba, Nusah Ashkenaz, Publishing House of Eshkol of Jerusalem.
In the rabbinical eschatology “Minister of the Face [of YHVH]” is a inner reflection of the Face of the Creator.
“Sar HaPanim” is recited during the Rabbinic New Year, but more correctly the Biblical Yom Teruah (the Day of the Trumpets), on the first day of the seventh month, between the blowing of the first and second set of the sounding of the shofar.
In this prayer on Yom Teruah, the name of Sar HaPanim, “Minister of the Face” is mention together with the name of another minister Tartiel (an angelic being) and the name of Eliyahu (the prophet Elijah). The prayer also mentions another name of Sar HaPanim: “Metatron” (Hebrew for “Guide of the Way”).
We should note that the name Metatron, “Guide of the Way”, given by the ancient Sages of blessed memory, alludes to the statement a person made in the first century Judea: “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life” and to name of the congregation called “The Way” of the early believers in him (see Act 24:14).
The prayer reads as follows:
“May it be Your will before HaShem (that is YHVH) that the sounding of the tashrat that we are blowing will be woven into the curtain of heaven by the hand of the minister Tartiel, like the name that You received by the hand of Eliyahu of blessed memory, and Yeshua Sar HaPanim and also the Minister Metatron and fill us up with mercy. Blessed are You who possesses all mercies”.
In the video below, Rabbi Simcha Pearlmutter is reveling the name of the Minister of the Face of YHVH in his testimony of faith. Note the very name of this Minister of the Face: His name is … Yeshua.
The prayer is believed to be based on Isa 63:9 which mentions a messenger (angel) who goes by the same title “Sar HaPanim”.
In all their distress He was distressed, and the Messenger of His Face saved them. In His love and in His compassion He redeemed them, and He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled and grieved His Set-apart Breath, so He turned against them as an enemy, and He fought against them. Then He remembered the days of old, Mosheh, His people, Where is He who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of His flock? Where is He who put His Set-apart Breath within him, who led them by the right hand of Mosheh, with His comely arm, dividing the water before them to make for Himself an everlasting Name, who led them through the deep? Like a horse in the wilderness they did not stumble. (Isa 63:9-13)
May we merit seeing the coming of our Mashiach speedily in our days.