Jesus of Nazareth Requests the Honor of Your Presence at The Falls Church Anglican's Passover Banquet Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:30pm
Registration is $25.00 per adult $15.00 for children 12 yrs and under
The Hebrew term seder (pron. SAY-der) means “order”; it is an ancient prescribed sequence of ritual actions involving symbolic foods, songs, recited prayers and scriptural passage recounting the power of God when He miraculously delivered His people from bondage in Egypt, bringing them across the Red Sea to a new life. The evening before the Exodus, each household was instructed to butcher a year-old male lamb, smear its blood on the doorposts of their homes, and then roast and eat the lamb. At midnight, the Angel of Death passed over them, and, seeing the sacrificial blood, left them unharmed during the final plague God sent against Egypt – the death of all first-born children and cattle. After reaching safety in the wilderness, the Hebrews were commanded by God to observe an annual Passover Feast from generation to generation (see Exodus 12), as a perpetual remembrance of what had happened to them.
More than a thousand years later, when Jesus joyously entered Jerusalem (on what the church calls Palm Sunday), the highways were crowded and the dust rose as He joined tens of thousands of other pilgrims making their way into Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. It was at the Passover Seder with His twelve disciples, on the night before His execution, that Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper – what we now celebrate as the sacramental meal of Holy Communion (Eucharist) – in thankful remembrance of the blood He shed to protect us from damnation on Judgment Day.
You will leave the Messianic Seder with a deeper, more meaningful appreciation for the events of Holy Week, and in particular, the deeper significance of Holy Communion and the sacrifice Jesus made for each of us.