This Easter Week, our church was fortunate enough to hold a Passover Seder. The Seder is a Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of Passover and is a retelling of the Israelite redemption from the hands of the Egyptians in Exodus. It was the Passover time during the final days of Jesus, which means Jesus and the disciples were partaking in the Passover Seder the night Jesus was arrested. I found the entire evening absolutely fascinating and because I believe Jesus was the Messiah, the Passover Lamb, it was especially eye-opening. In my experience, everything pointed to Jesus, our atoning sacrifice.
|The Elements: Unleavened Bread, Baptist Wine (aka: Grape Juice), Maror, Karpas, Saltwater, Charoset|
|From the top, clockwise: Charoset (fruit & nuts), Maror (bitter herb; here it was horseradish), roasted egg, lamb shank, and Karpas (Parsley)|
|The Matzah and the Matzah plate|
|Blessings over the meal before the first of the Four Cups (didn't get pics of that)|
|A look down our table - we were provided with handouts that explained many of the elements and included traditional readings and songs.|
|Handwashing (Ur'chatz) before the dipping of the Karpas|