How to Count the Omer (The Omer counting information below was retrieved from ABC’s of the Omer for more information, also keep in mind the opportunity of teshuva-repentence is for all as you begin the process of learning to count the Omer: Grace covers us in our learning remember that!).
The Omer is counted every evening after nightfall (approx. 30 minutes after sunset), which is the start of the Hebrew ‘day.’ If a person neglected to count the Omer one evening, he should count the following daytime, but without a blessing.
To properly ‘count the Omer,’ you must say both the number of days and the weeks. For example:
On days 1-6, we say only the number of days. For example:
“Today is 4 days of the Omer.”
On days which are complete weeks – e.g. 7, 14, 21 – we say as follows, for example:
“Today is 21 days, which is 3 weeks of the Omer.”
On all other days, we say, for example:
“Today is 33 days, which is 4 weeks and 5 days of the Omer.”
Before counting, stand and say the following blessing:
Blessed are You, God, King of the Universe, Who made us holy with His commandments, and commanded us on the counting of the Omer.
The Omer may be counted with a blessing only if both of the following conditions have been met:
- you count the Omer during the evening, and
- you have not missed counting any of the days so far
The legal implication by the Orthodox sect believes:
This means to say that if a person neglected to count the Omer for an entire day and did not recall until the following evening, he should continue counting on subsequent days – but without a blessing. The word ‘blessing’ here is referring to the reading of the blessing before you read the Omer. We are blessed for our efforts today, therefore hear is where we use
Why can’t you “continue counting with a blessing” if you miss counting one day?
The reason is implied that, the Torah writes: “Seven weeks, they shall be complete” (Leviticus 23:15). Thus according to many authorities (not all of them, we are walking in our GRACE remember), if one missed counting any day, the 7-week period can no longer be considered ‘complete’.
Loving you enough to share the truth,
Prophetess C. C. Duncan