The Passover Seder Meal is the same meal Jesus shared with His disciples at the Last Supper before His crucifixion. The Seder Meal is a yearly reminder of all the great things God has done for us and continues to do for us. It is a time to remember and to celebrate!
Our family celebrates this meal each year, and I encourage you to start this tradition in your family too. We don’t usually have this meal on the Passover, but choose a day (often the Sunday before Easter) when it is convenient to get people together.
We usually split the prayers between the different people at the meal, with the youngest boy asking the question: Why is this night different from all other nights?
We add songs to our Seder celebration and make it a time of joy and coming together. My favourite part is when we list all God did for His people and answer: It would have been enough for us.
Make the meal special by including a tablecloth and flowers, special dishes and some wine (or sparkling grape juice), and of course candlelight.
Make sure your meal is prepared before the celebration. Keep warm until ready to serve. A couple of reminders when preparing the meal: no leavening is used at the Passover, so no bread and desserts will have no leavening (ice cream, cheese cake, pie…), and pork is never eaten by Jewish people and should not be served.
As shown in the above picture, you will need a few ceremonial foods placed on a platter:
charoset – a salad made of apples, walnuts (opt.), grape juice and cinnamon to represent the mortar used by the Jewish slaves in Egypt. It can be made ahead of time and kept refrigerated. Check out THIS RECIPE or find one of your own online.
unleavened bread – there was no time for leavening the bread when the slaves escaped from Egypt. This is best served fresh. Check out THIS RECIPE or find one of your own online.
You will also need a lamb bone (you may cook lamb for the meal or ask your butcher for one), prepared horseradish, parsley or lettuce, an egg, and salt water. A Cup of Elijah will be a glass of wine/grape juice set aside and not used for the meal or the ceremony. A couple of candles will also be needed as well as a wine glass to fill and pass around the table.
Besides the salt water and parsley on the ceremonial platter, place a few on the table to be shared during the ceremony. Make enough charoset, unleavened bread and hard boiled eggs to serve with the meal.
And how about a colouring page for the kids? It will help them remember the meal.
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