This year on Palm Sunday, we were invited to attend my very first Seder or Passover dinner. I have to admit, I was a little nervous, but mostly excited. I love trying new things, and love even more when they turn out to be possible traditions. I of course brought my camera, but refrained from going to crazy out of respect for those around me :).
Sunshine Ritter was the host and she did a fabulous job. It was beautifully decorated and filled with tradition. Below is the plate that holds the symbols of the Passover dinner, the shank bone of the lamb (represents the lamb that was slain), bitter herbs(horse radish: represents slavery), roasted egg (represents the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart), charoset (represents the straw used to make bricks…it is known as delicious to me), karpas (the parsley is dipped in salt water recalling the hyssop dipped for sprinkling on the doorposts of the Hebrew dwellings), and the chazaret (romain lettuce: the second bitter herb represents the stay in Egypt, sweet at the bottom and bitter at the top).
MATZAH! Or Unleavened bread. It has stripes and has been pierced and crushed. It is the bread of humility and is not puffed up. This is the bread of Yeshua or Jesus. He was without sin, or leavening.
Sunshine made the kids these adorable little baskets filled with goodies to occupy the kids in case they got bored. Suprisingly the kids were very in to the entire night. They did however enjoy rummaging through their surprises!
And the details go on and on…
Before the start of every Sabbath or Judean holiday it is tradition for the women of the household to light two candles in honor of the holiness of the day. Sunshine had the honor of lighting the two candles beginning the Seder dinner.
Jeremy Ritter poured the cup of Yeshua. It is set aside representing the cup that Jesus left not drunken at His last Seder. Throughout the meal each individual would pour four more cups of wine and drink them. The first is the cup of sanctification.
Twice during the dinner there was a handwashing ritual for the men. Sunshine brought a bowl to the men where they washed there hands. Pretty cool!
And the tasting of rememberance begins. Here is Cobe’s face after the karpas/parsley. He swears if he eats parsley again he will vomit.
Explaining the game that the kids will play. The matzah is broken into two pieces and the best part is chosen which is called the Afikomen. It represents the body of Christ. This is hidden in the linen cloth and later the kids have to go looking for it.
This is the linen which the Afikomen was buried…
Throughout the night passages of scripture were read as part of the Passover tradition. Even the kids were allowed to read.
Besides dessert of course….chocolate pudding…and…
Cobe found the hidden Afikomen! (pardon the duaynes Syndrome in his eye…one of the many talents of my son) PAJAMAS for everyone. Can I just say again that Sunshine Ritter did a great job of making this evening special. She bought pajamas for my kids because it is tradition as a reward for her children for doing such a great job for the evening and finding the Afikomen and asking their questions. My kids are super excited for next year.
Tim and I were so honored to be included in something so meaningful. It was a great night. I loved being able to read scripture and reflect on all that had happened. And to celebrate the beauty of what our Father did for us. To the Ritter’s: Thanks so much for loving us and for including us in your family tradition and way of life. We are excited for what the future holds!