In this 2013 Chinese New Year period, most of us would have partaken at least four to five times this recent invention of "Yu Sheng" 鱼生 Dish. It is a dish of blessings that we enjoy together with our family, in-laws, colleagues, friends and business partners through out this fifteen days. There is a particular order and protocol of serving this dish. As each ingredient is added, a word of blessing is pronounced and finally ended with everyone putting their chop-sticks and mix up and stir up the ingredients as high as possible signifying the height of great blessings.
This reunion type of lunch or dinner reminds me of believers holy communion as well. I have always tried to see if we can relate the Chinese blessings to biblical blessings as well. The blessings are like the Benedictions of a Church Service. So most of the benedictions can be considered. I also try to search for the relevant biblical verses. Eventually, I found that the Aaronic Blessings of Number 6:22-24 shockingly matches the Chinese Blessings, 6 parts blessings to the 6 ingredients to be added to the main salad. Here is the mind-map giving the details.
For the final blessing, I think it is good that we give thanks to the Lord God, our Heavenly Father, the source and giver of all our blessings.
So, in your next Yu-Sheng together, besides the Chinese Blessings, may be you can consider reciting the Aaronic Blessings as well, especially if you are with believers.
For this Chinese New Year,
May the Lord 1 bless you and 2 keep you.
May He 3 makes His face to shine upon you that you may know his great treasures for you,
4 be gracious to you putting you life in order and beauty.
May He 5 turn His face towards you and receive you fully
6 and give you peace and wholeness of health, wealth and relationships.
May His Name and His Kingdom be exalted forever.
Lim Liat (c) 19 Feb 2013
《Updated 1 Feb 2016》
Here is the shortened version of Aaronic Blessings on Yu Sheng Preparation:
Yu Seng is the Aaronic Blessings. See http://christianity-rediscovered.blogspot.sg/2013/02/chinese-new-year-yu-sheng-and-aaronic.html
1 Squeeze Lime on the raw fish and say 大吉大利
The Lord bless you with great fortunes and profits - Num 6:22a
2 Put in the fish on main plate and say 年年有鱼
The Lord keep you with always having fish to eat &
guard you with a hedge of protection - Num 6:22b
3 Put in the peanuts, sesame seeds, and say 五福临门 (长寿, 富贵, 康宁, 好德, 善终)
the Lord make His face shine upon you with blessings that comes like the sands of the beaches and the stars of the sky. - Num 6:23a
4 Sprinkle the pepper & spies power & say 招财进宝
and bringing in the wealth and precious treasures
5 Pour in the oil and say 顺顺利利
The be gracious to you ensuring that all go well with you - Num 6:23b
6 Pour in the sweet sauce and say 甜甜蜜蜜
the Lord turn His face toward you to have intimate relationships with you that all your relationships may be sweet - Num 6:24a
7 Spread the crackers and say 满地黄金
The Lord give you shalom peace of abundance everywhere - Num 6:24b.
8 Everyone stir up the ingredients and say 恭喜发财
and wishing all great joy and riches. Praise the Lord.
"For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever" Mat 6:13
For you are our glory and joy. 1Th_2:20