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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Seder Meal, 2013

I am the one in the blue sweater lighting the candles. A woman helps with the hand washing three times, which we cut down to one for time. It lasted three hours. The grapes are extras and symbolic of Christ and the Eucharist, as we are all Christians. Seminarians learn about the Holy Mass by such a dinner. Some of the prayers are used in the Mass.

The plate with the "stuff" on it is the main Seder Plate. Each item is symbolic.

The lamb shank (zeroah) is on a separate plate for space. The matzoes are the unleavened bread. The symbolic food also includes the bitter herbs (maror); the mortar for the bricks to build the pyramids of slavery (charoset); the vegie (karpas) to dip in the salt water, the bitter waters of slavery; the boiled egg, both a symbol of mourning for the Jews, and new life for the Christians (beitzah). The white splodge on the plate is horseradish, another variation of the bitterness of the slavery in Egypt, and it goes nicely with the roasted lamb.

We had it earlier this last month before Easter. It was attended by two seminarians, a married couple and baby and a single gentleman, plus a priest.

I have done so many of these I have lost count, maybe 27. This haggadah includes praising Christ the Messiah and Saviour at the end. We also sang many songs together.


Anonymous said...

I am confused when one would do such a thing when a Seder meal is quite clearly a violation against the first commandment? A Catholic attending a seder mean, which is a ritual of the old rite that was abrogated when Christ became Incarnate, is baffling to me. It is akin to still making sacrifices in the Temple, or in our case, a Basilica.

Supertradmum said...

Please use a name. I do not like answering to Anons. However, you have missed out on discussions on this. The Church has never listed this as a sin, and only Aquinas, when discussing going to a Jewish seder state it is.

As a historical re-enactment or a teaching method, I see no problem. There was an anonymous and therefore spurious talk on line years ago (2010) which did not hold up to Church teaching on this. If you are Jewish and are offended, I apologize. It is not a liturgy at all for us.

Supertradmum said...

Anon, by the way, if you follow Fr. Z., you can go back to the discussions on this in his archives.