Celebrating the Passover – Part 1: Intent

The holidays celebrated in the Bible provide insight into God’s character, context to Jesus’ teachings, and are a wonderful opportunity to highlight stories from the Bible. We’ve chosen, for this reason, to celebrate many of the traditional Jewish holidays alongside our other celebrations during the year.

Passover snuck up on me this year! I circled it on the calendar and was thinking, “oh, it’s late April”. Days passed and I suddenly realized, “it’s the day after tomorrow!” Thankfully I had already put a bit of thought into what I wanted to do as I prepared for Easter last month. Normally Passover and Easter will be close together but this year they were a month apart. Passover follows the lunar Jewish calendar, and Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox (however, the Eastern Orthodox Church requires that Easter always follow after Passover, so the date is frequently later in this tradition).

Since Passover and Easter are so closely knit together and usually fall in the same week I’ve chosen to focus on only one major celebratory meal that week. We celebrate a kind of Seder meal at Easter. Maybe in the future we’ll explore doing a light Seder meal during Holy Week as we prepare for Resurrection Sunday, but I rather like the idea of focusing on the events of the Exodus (salvation from slavery in Egypt) prior to focusing on the fulfillment of salvation from slavery to sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

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