What is a Christian Passover Seder?
Traditionally held by Jewish families, Passover commemorates God’s deliverance of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. As believers in Christ, we recount the story of the Exodus but also take communion, acknowledging the new covenant, recognizing that Jesus stepped into the role of the final Passover lamb for us.
Why we host a Seder:
For the last two years our family has observed Passover by having a Seder. It has quickly become one of our favorite celebrations.
Growing up in a non-demonimational church my faith experience lacked ritual or tradition. We went to church every Sunday and Easter wasn’t that much different except that when we woke up we’d raced around the living room looking for colorful plastic eggs and baskets full of candy. Then we would dress up fancy and take pictures before heading to church. This indeed was a sweet tradition when I was young but as I out grew the childish elements Easter became just another day.
I didn’t think much about Easter until I began to have children.
When my children were little we didn’t do anything to celebrate the day. It wasn’t until they started school that they heard about the Easter bunny. It was then that we realized we needed to do something.
And so began the tradition of our extended family gathering at my in-laws on Easter Sunday. Instead of a typical egg hunt, each grandchild is given a colored ribbon that leads them around the yard in search of treats from their grandparents. It’s followed by a big meal that includes ham and a kosher turkey for our Jewish step family. Another sweet tradition that we look forward to every year however, our time together has no reference to Christ’s death and resurrection.
For our family it is a way we remember the great works that God has done to deliver the Israelites as well as celebrate the love He has shown for us by sending Jesus to pay the final price for our redemption.
What you need to set your table for a Passover:
- Wine or Grape juice
- Sprigs parsley
- Haroset (make a head of time)
- Shank bone of lamb
- Boiled egg
- Small dish of salted water
The table is set with place settings for each person attending plus one additional for Elijah’s seat.
Our Passover menu:
- Roast Leg of Lamb with Rosemary
- Roasted New Red Potatoes
- Oven Roasted Broccoli
- Balsamic Roasted Carrots
Eating the actually meal comes halfway through the Seder so I have choose menu items that can finish cooking in the oven as we begin the ceremony.
How to have a Christian Passover Seder:
The first year, I gathered together different resources on how to have a seder. I went all out, made lots of traditional Jewish food from scratch, and stumbled through the ceremony. Last year was much better. I simplified the menu and the readings.
A free download
Want to have a seder of your own? I have created a free download that includes a program for you to follow. Christian Passover Seder
For us, keeping the Passover is about remembering the price that Jesus paid to cleanse us from all of our sins and redeem us. It’s the way we have chosen to leave a legacy of faith with our children.