After the reading of the Maftir portion (and also after the reading of the Mashlim portion if more that one Torah scroll is taken out) the Kaddish Le’ela is read, after which the congregation sing Adonai Elohim Tsebaot as the scroll is lifted off the lectern:
After the blessings following the Haftarah, the minister recites Hashcabot for the following week, and then all stand for the Prayers for the Royal Family, State of Israel and the Congregation (pp. 112-3), with responses as follows:
On Shabbat Mebarachin, the blessing for the coming month is read.
The next section of the service leads up to the Torah being replaced into the Hechal. The Hazan reads Ashre (p. 114), with the congregation coming in for the three verses “Ashre yoshebe betecha”, “Tob Adonai lakol” and “Poteach et yadecha”:
On special Shabbatot, the congregation may sing Tehillat Adonai yedaber pi at the end of the Psalm. Otherwise the Hazan reads straight through this text.
After Ashre, a selection of biblical verses are read. When the Hazan reaches the words before Lema’an da’at (p. 115), the congregation rise and sing the verse as the Torah scroll is brought forward to the lectern:
The alternative is known as the “Continental” melody, due to its being ubiquitous in Sephardic communities right across the continent of Europe. It was introduced into our repertoire in the mid-twentieth century:
The doors of the Hechal are then closed, and this completes the middle portion of the Sabbath morning service.