Celebrating Tradition: Christian Seder

by Andrea Cooley

seder supperYesterday was Palm Sunday, marking the beginning of Holy Week. I always find it's easy for Easter to sneak up on me. We don't give anything up for Lent, so we aren't counting down the days until it's over, and I hate to admit it, but it's easy for Easter to be more about getting together with family than Jesus' resurrection.

This year, I'm doing the Holy Week study from SheReadsTruth and trying to pause each day to think about what it really means that Christ died for me.

A few years ago Adam and I had a Seder supper with some friends from church and while we definitely veered from tradition (serving lamb burgers and skipping the horse radish) I remember it was a special time to slow down and remember what Easter is really about.

Laura and Cody are hosting a Seder dinner this Thursday. Laura has been planning it for several weeks and her excitement for it is rubbing off on me! There will be lots of kids at the meal (I think she said there will be 4 five-year olds!), so she has been working to condense the readings and make it accessible to little ones. I can't wait to be a part of it.

I've been reading about the significance of Passover in Jewish culture and how it applies to Christians. I always love learning about Jewish traditions and seeing how they apply to my faith. The Passover or seder meal is a communal meal that celebrates the Israelites' deliverance from Egypt. Seder means order and the meal includes readings, questions, and different symbols, like bitter herbs, a lamb bone, and unleavened bread.

Everyone is bringing something to share and I'm making a white cake, which symbolizes purity and the sweetness of eternal life.

Even though Emerson will be more interested in the crackers and cake and kids and won't remember the dinner, I love the idea that we are already starting to instill some of these traditions in our family.

If you want a great guide to celebrating Christian Passover, check out Ann Voskamp's guide. She takes you through everything you need and more importantly, why it's important for us to continue honoring this tradition.

Is anyone else having a Seder supper or have other meaningful Easter traditions? I'd love to hear about them!

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