Festival of Freedom

Pesach (Passover), April 21-22, 2016

Scripture reference: Exodus 12:1-14

Passover or Pesach celebrates God’s protection over the Israelites during the tenth plague in Egypt – the killing of the firstborn. God ordered the people to take a lamb, slaughter it and sprinkle its blood on the lintel and doorposts of their home. At midnight, when the angel of death saw the blood on the doorposts, he passed over their homes, sparing them from the plague. Finally, Pharaoh let the Israelites leave Egypt.

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The Passover has been celebrated for thousands of years on the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month of the Jewish calendar, Nisan. Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples on the night of the Last Supper.

Passover Seder_people sitting at a traditional Passover Seder table

Today the Passover is celebrated in Jewish homes with a family ceremony – the Seder (Order).  There is a prescribed order to the meal with prayer, food and drink. Each person is to recount the story of Passover as if he himself had been redeemed. They eat traditional symbolic foods to remind themselves of the suffering of their ancestors in Egypt and of that miraculous deliverance from bondage.

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There are six traditional items on the Seder plate. Each item has its own symbolic meaning. Find out more here or watch the video below.

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