Holy Thursday Activity

Hold a Passover Seder

There is a Christian way to hold a Passover that incorporates the Last Supper as well.  This is my adaptation, feel free to make your own.

You will need (for each person):

Bitter herbs – such as horseradish

Parsley

Piece of lamb

Hardboiled egg or deviled eggs (see Holy Thursday Recipes)

Salt water

Wine

Unleavened bread (like Matzah crackers)

Charoset (see Holy Thursday Recipes)

Macaroon or other small dessert

Now, to set the table.  On each plate in a circle in clockwise order place: parsley, horseradish, charoset, egg, lamb, the macaroon.  Put an empty cup for the wine at each place.  Put the Matzah crackers in easy reach of each place.  Wine within reach as well. Then at an empty seat at the table place a plate with one Matzah on it, and an empty cup.

A menorah is helpful too.  If you don’t have one set up seven candles.  This represents the seven days of Creation and is in Exodus as the way a lamp in the Temple should be made.

“You shall make a lampstand of pure gold. Of hammered work shall the lampstand be made, even its base, its shaft, its cups, its buds, and its flowers, shall be of one piece with it. There shall be six branches going out of its sides: three branches of the lampstand out of its one side, and three branches of the lampstand out of its other side; three cups made like almond blossoms in one branch, a bud and a flower; and three cups made like almond blossoms in the other branch, a bud and a flower, so for the six branches going out of the lampstand; and in the lampstand four cups made like almond blossoms, its buds and its flowers; and a bud under two branches of one piece with it, and a bud under two branches of one piece with it, and a bud under two branches of one piece with it, for the six branches going out of the lampstand. Their buds and their branches shall be of one piece with it, all of it one beaten work of pure gold. You shall make its lamps seven, and they shall light its lamps to give light to the space in front of it. Its snuffers and its snuff dishes shall be of pure gold. It shall be made of a talent of pure gold, with all these accessories. See that you make them after their pattern, which has been shown to you on the mountain.  Exodus 25:31-40

It is time to start the Passover/Last Supper, at sundown or suppertime.  I understand that it is not always possible to get everyone home by sunset.

 

Passover/Last Supper

First a woman (usually the Mom) lights the candles.  Then she waves her hands three times in front of the candles in a semi-circular, inward leading motion, to symbolize the greeting and the drawing in of the Holy Spirit.  After the third wave, she covers her eyes so that the first thing she sees after the blessing is prayed is light. With her eyes covered she prays:

Blessed art thou, Lord our God, Creator of Light, who sanctifies us with Your commandments, and commanded us to kindle the light the holiday. 

Everyone: We thank you Lord.

She uncovers her eyes.  Now, the man or whoever is in charge of the Passover prays:

Blessed are You, Lord our God, we thank You for sending your Son who is the Light of the World. 

Everyone: We thank you Lord.

Pour first cup of Wine (for each person).

Blessed are You, Lord our God, Creator of the fruit of the vine.  We thank you for giving us the gift of Festivals for joy and holidays of happiness, among them this day of Passover, the festival of the liberation from Egypt and the establishment of a new Covenant.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, who has kept us in life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this joyous holiday.  We drink this first cup of wine remembering Exodus 6:6-7 for You said,

Therefore tell the children of Israel, ‘I am Yahweh, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

Everyone: We thank you Lord.

Drink first cup of wine

Dip parsley in the salt water.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, who Created the fruit of the Earth. This parsley is a symbol of spring when you delivered us from slavery in Egypt and from sin.  It is green the color of everlasting life which You have given us through Your Son.  We dip it in the salt water to remind us of the tears we shed when we were captive in Egypt and for what will come tomorrow, Good Friday.

Everyone: We thank you Lord.

Eat the parsley.

Pour the second cup of wine

Blessed are You, Lord our God, Creator of the fruit of the vine.  We thank you and drink this second cup of wine for You said, “and I will rid you out of their bondage,” We are free.  

Everyone: We thank you Lord.

Drink the second cup of wine

Pick up matzah

Blessed are You, Lord our God, who Created the fruit of the Earth. This bread reminds us of the unleavened bread in Egypt and of the first Eucharist. 

Everyone: We thank you Lord.

Break and share.  Eat the Matzah.

Put the horseradish on another piece of the Matzah.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, who Created the fruit of the Earth.  These bitter herbs remind us of the bitterness of slavery in Egypt and the bitterness of sin. 

Everyone: We thank you Lord.

Eat the horseradish.

Put charoset on another piece of the Matzah

Blessed are You, Lord our God, who Created the fruit of the Earth.  This charoset reminds us of the mortar that was made by the Israelites in their slavery, and it reminds us that we rest on the corner stone of the Church, Jesus Christ. 

Everyone: We thank you Lord.

Eat the charoset

Pick up Egg

Blessed are You, Lord our God, who Created the animals of the Earth. This egg is a symbol of spring and of life renewed which we look forward to at Easter. 

Everyone: We thank you Lord.

Eat the Egg

Pick up the Lamb

Blessed are You, Lord our God, who Created the animals of the Earth. This lamb is a symbol of the sacrifice of the Israelites during the plague of the first born so that death would not enter their houses; it is also a symbol of the Paschal Lamb who sacrificed Himself to deliver us from death. 

Everyone: We thank you Lord.

Eat the Lamb

Pour third cup of wine

Blessed are You, Lord our God, who sustains the entire world with goodness, grace, loving kindness, and compassion.  He gives bread to all, for His grace is everlasting.  And in His great goodness we have never lacked anything and we will never be deprived of food for the sake of His great name.  For He is God who provides for all and does good for all and prepares food for all of His creatures that He created.  Blessed are You, Lord, who provides for all.  You are God and God of our ancestors.  May You remember us on this day of Passover and bless us with kindness and mercy for a life of peace and happiness.  We pray that He who establishes peace in the Heavens grant peace for us, and for all of mankind.  Let us say, Amen.

Everyone: Amen!

We thank you and drink this third cup of wine for You said, “and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm, and with great judgments: and I will take you to me for a people, and I will be your God; and you shall know that I am Yahweh your God, who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.” 

Everyone: We thank you Lord.

Drink the third cup of wine

Pick up the dessert

Blessed are You, Lord our God, who Created all that is. We thank you for this meal that we have shared and may this dessert remind us of the sweetness of Heaven that Christ has won for us. 

Everyone: We thank you Lord.

Eat the dessert.

Fill the forth cup of wine and fill the glass at the empty seat.

Go to the door and open it.

Elijah the Prophet, may he come speedily to us in our days bringing with him the Messiah, the son of David.   Praise the LORD! Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.

Wait a little while and then close the door and return to the table.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, Creator of the fruit of the vine.  We thank you and drink this fourth cup of wine for You said, “I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God.” 

Everyone: We thank you Lord.

Drink the forth cup of wine

Blessed are You, Lord our God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  This is where the Passover feast ended the cup for the Messiah and Elijah and the bread for them remained untouched. 

The presider then picks up the matzah from the Messiah plate

He took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and gave to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of Me.”

Everyone: We thank you Lord.

Break it and share it in remembrance.

Likewise, He took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

Everyone: We thank you Lord.

Share the cup of wine.

 

Peace be with you.

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