This is Holy Week and last night our church hosted the traditional seder dinner before the Maundy Thursday communion service. I oversaw one of these dinners many years ago so I know first hand how much work goes into the preparation. It’s such a meaningful tradition, though, so I’m really happy that our church observes it.
Here is a photo I took of the symbols used in the meal – matzoh, Maror (bitter herb – horseradish), Karpas (vegetable – parsley), Zeroa (shank bone), roasted egg, Charoset (apples, walnuts, cinnamon, wine), salt water, and wine.
We each had a copy of the Haggadah from which to read and follow along:
One of the tables (photo by Karah Thompson):
It’s a beautiful tradition and I’m grateful to attend a church which values such things. Following the meal, which included a delicious lamb stew, we had our Maundy Thursday worship service. Another friend took this picture looking up at the church from the fellowship hall. Isn’t it gorgeous?
Photo by Leanne Penny