So we arrive in the beautiful oak panelled hall of Pilgrims Hall which includes this beautiful oak staircase.
The Passover Seder is an ancient ceremonial meal which can be traced back to the Exodus from Egypt. The Seder tells the story of the redemption of the people Israel from Egypt and foretells an even greater redemption, of all mankind through the sacrifice of the Messiah, Y'shua, Jesus, our Passover Lamb
Here we have progressed to the ritual hand washing before partaking of the Passover Plate where we find:
Karpas - Parsley, or similar green representing life.
Hagigah - A baked egg, reminiscent of the Free-Will Offering that accompanied the Pascal Offering, and a token of grief for the destruction of the Temple. At the same time a symbol of new life.
Z'roa - The shank-bone of a lamb, to represent the Pascal Offering.
Haroseth - A compsition of apple, almonds, raisins and cinnamon, symbolising the mortar used by the Israelites during the Egyptian bondage.
Hazareth and Maror - the bitter herb (whole and ground) which typifies the bitterness of slavery.
We are now at the point of celebrating the feast which for us includes beautiful roast lamb from our own fields at Pilgrims Hall
Our meal was fairly intimate as there were only 18 of us and much of the ritual(which I have only given a glimpse of here) was interspersed with song and worship.
As Passover symbolises new life, a very significant part of our time together was looking to God to reveal the things that had held us back from being all that we were meant to be in Christ in the past year and trusting Him for newness of life in the coming year.
For new visitors to my blog, Pilgrims Hall is a Christian Conference and Resource Centre that I am involved with and there are many photos and information on previous posts which can be accessed through clicking on Pilgrims Hall on the 'labels' in the right hand sidebar.
Sending Easter Blessings to all who visit.