Monday, April 1, 2013

Passover 2013

Each year we celebrate the Passover as a group, and this year we met last Monday evening. We do this to remember Christ and His sacrifice, and to teach the children about His great work.

Here is the group before the celebration:

Passover 2013 Before the Seder


And as the seder began:

Passover 2013 At the Start of the Seder


Here, Mrs. Bunker lights the candles to start the seder, in memory of Christ, the Light of the world:

Passover 2013 Lighting the Candles


This is the seder plate. The lamb represents Christ, the Lamb of God; the bitter herbs (horseradish here) represent the bitterness of bondage; the "matzah" is unleavened, representing how quickly the Israelites had to leave Egypt; the "karpas" (parsley here) symbolizes the new life for the Jewish people and the hyssop used to sprinkle the blood on the door posts; and the "haroset," a mixture of apples, nuts, grape juice and cinnamon, represents the mortar the Israelites used to build the Egyptian cities, and the sweetness of a better world:

Passover 2013 Seder Plate


Here the karpas is dipped into salt water representing the tears of slavery:

Passover 2013 Dipping the Herbs


A a part of tradition, a child reads four questions about why this night is different from all other nights:

Passover 2013 Questions Reading


And here we dip our fingers in one of the cups, setting a drop of wine on the plate 10 times to represent the 10 plagues brought on Egypt:

Passover 2013 Dipping to Represent the Egyptian Plagues


The seder also involves Psalms singing, and then the meal:

Passover 2013 Meal
Passover 2013 Fellowshipping Around the Table


We are grateful to the Lord for this opportunity to remember Christ, His atoning work, and the freedom from the penalty and bondage to sin, Satan, and the world and the freedom to obey Him, all provided for by His great loving and condescending sacrifice. May this remembrance and thankfulness be in our hearts for eternity!

-- David

1 comment:

The Barn Swallow said...

The LoRds spirit is moving amongst the earth and awakening his people from their slumber and blind ways. This was my families first seder and even though we still have much to learn I personally was blessed by it.