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Encounter. Seder 2015

  • Malara Hall, Holy Family Church Steubenville (map)

Update: Dr. Bergsma will preside for the fourth time.

Experience Jewish Passover meal pointing toward Jesus' ultimate sacrifice. 

Traditional foods include matzo meal soup, roasted lamb, haroset. This is a 2.5h sit down event, with optional Jewish dancing at the end. :-) 

Families are welcome, but children under 12 need to come with an older sibling or a parent. A table for smaller kids with the teens overseeing Holy Week activities will be on a side of the room. 

We serve wine during Seder, and the least amount to be traditionally drank for this celebration is four small sips. Anyone 18 and up who would rather drink grape juice, please indicate in the sign up list. Any teen without at least one parent present will have to drink grape juice. Yep.

We will order whole lamb legs, and since it is quiet expensive, we will ask for donations of about $5 per person 12 and up and $3 for 11 yo and under plus to bring side dish or drink of your choice per family. If you are unable to donate the whole amount or nothing at all, but would like to come, youa re welcome to come, just please let us know:

We will use Haggadah from the Association of Hebrew Catholics, as in previous years. 

R.S.V.P. and sign up for food by March 10th HERE. Everyone 12 and up, please sign up as an adult.

Make your payment by March 15th


28. It is becoming familiar in many parishes and Catholic homes to participate in a Passover Seder during Holy Week. This practice can have educational and spiritual value. It is wrong, however, to "baptize" the Seder by ending it with New Testament readings about the Last Supper or, worse, turn it into a prologue to the Eucharist. Such mergings distort both traditions. The following advice should prove useful:
When Christians celebrate this sacred feast among themselves, the rites of the haggadah for the seder should be respected in all their integrity. The seder . . . should be celebrated in a dignified manner and with sensitivity to those to whom the seder truly belongs. The primary reason why Christians may celebrate the festival of Passover should be to acknowledge common roots in the history of salvation. Any sense of "restaging" the Last Supper of the Lord Jesus should be avoided .... The rites of the Triduum are the [Church's] annual memorial of the events of Jesus' dying and rising (Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy Newsletter, March 1980, p. 12 from God's Mercy Endures Forever: Guidelines on the Presentation of Jews and Judaism in Catholic Preaching 

Last year's pictures: 

Earlier Event: March 30
Encounter. Lent Lauds
Later Event: April 2
Encounter. Triduum 2015 Lauds