As mentioned in a previous post, we have included celebrating the Last Supper as a part of our family traditions around this Easter period. We celebrated this year down in Hermanus with my parents. They were supposed to be in Israel already visiting my sister and her family, but had to put the trip off by a week because of my mom’s kidney problems (more on that in another post).
Our Passover seder … the table prepared. I’ve found that because kids get really antsy, adding some colouring activities to the games we play (like I spy) makes for a smoother, more enjoyable evening for the kids.
Some essential aspects of the evening include the unleavened bread (matza); shofar (ram’s horn); charoset (mortar); the Haggadah (order of instructions) and the menorah candles to be lit by the honoured woman.
The shofar is blown at the beginning of the evening as a traditional call to worship – everyone had a turn; overall the kids did better than the adults!
The seder plate – which includes the shankbone; karpas (green veg); charoset (apple and cinnamon "mortar"); morar (bitter herbs – horseradish). This is mom’s seder plate with each setting written in Hebrew – I’ve no idea if I placed everything in the right place, cos I can’t read Hebrew! Kelly, you’ll have to correct me sometime!
Craig explains the significance of the charoset.
Kiera eats her charoset and matza sandwhich bravely.
Katie, who was sitting at the end, got to drink the last of each cup of sanctification, thanksgiving, redemption and praise – so she ended up drinking a LOT of grape juice – thank goodness it wasn’t wine!
Main meal time! We had a yummy meal of tender lamb, roast potatoes and roast veggies. Thanks mom for preparing it all in the end. I was faffing with the seder table preparations, kids and another project I have on the go at the moment.
After the meal it is traditional for the youngest child/ren to search for the Afikomen – the broken piece of matza from the middle of the ya’chatz pile. This represents the mediating priest – which we know to be Jesus – the one who mediates on our behalf. Interestingly, the tradition is for this piece to be placed in the middle of the 3 pieces of matza and broken – just like Jesus who mediates between us and God, whose body was broken for us. The Afikomen means "the one to come" or "He came" – we know that Jesus was the one to come, the Messiah, and that He DID come to save us. Here Kiera and Katie search for the Afikomen that grandpa Peter hid earlier.
Sam,who was not impressed to be left out of the activities by going to bed at his usual hour, screamed himself into a sweat until we, uncharacteristically, relented and let him join us for the meal. Here is the sweaty boy with hair all mussed up by dad.
He finally went to sleep after I sang Thula, thula, baba; Amazing Grace and In Christ Alone – my usual lullaby repertoire which for some crazy reason calms my kids (hey, even Jesse would demand "Thula!" from me when we babysat him every Wednesday night in 2006 – he was 2 then).