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Family Tradition: Easter Passover

Last year while we were in New Zealand, we started a new Easter tradition of sharing a passover meal together. Sharing a passover meal isn’t something as common to the Christian faith, and yet passover itself and the story behind it, is something that is both familiar and honoured.

As we establish family life, my husband and I value even more greatly, customs and traditions that become integral parts of our family identity, and Easter is a significant time to do that.  A traditional passover meal, although the elements are simple, can be quite a complex and lengthly affair. For us, it was about sharing a meal, and recognising food as symbols.  

Passover with kids

Passover with kids

Components

Candles

God’s triumph.

Lettuce

Growth of the Hebrew people in Egypt.

Salted water 

Signifying tears of slavery and deliverance through Red Sea.

Hard Boiled Egg

Represents offerings that were brought to God in the Temple of Jerusalem in ancient times.

Roast Lamb

Sacrifice.

Flat bread

Symbolises the yeast less bread that was eaten by the Hebrews after they were set free.

Bitter herbs

Bitterness of slavery.

Apple dish

This is the recipe I’m using this year. Represents the mortar used by Hebrew slaves to make bricks.

Wine or Juice

Represents rejoicing. (Sanctification -> Deliverance -> Redemption -> Restoration)

Ceremony

Below is an excerpt from A Messianic Passover Haggadah which is clear, detailed and helpful. 

Messianic Passover Haggadah

However we designed our own ceremony (as such) which is about creating a cultural and faith based tradition surrounding sharing a significant meal together.  It has the main components, served as a meal, and we talk about the significance of each component and eat the meal together, tell stories, say blessings and sing songs. It’s a lovely time.

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