“This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance” (Exodus 12:14).
Why is this night different than all others? Imagine stepping back in time to 30 AD. You live in a small dusty village near Jerusalem. As a child you have heard the Passover stories told over and over again by your parents and grandparents. One Passover segment deals with how Egyptians held Jewish people — your own ancestors — enslaved for hundreds of years. Finally, they were–set free after a tumultuous time in which Moses repeatedly demanded, “Let my people go!”
In their rush to gather necessary supplies for their journey back to Israel, there was no time to make bread — unleavened bread would have to do. As they reached the Red Sea, Pharaoh’s Army was in close pursuit! Moses parted the Red Sea, your ancestors fled across the sea bed and, once they had cleared safely, the Red Sea crashed down upon the great Army and all were drowned.
Jews throughout history have celebrated the great “Passover” from slavery into freedom. Their tradition is full of the symbolism of these events.
As Christians, we sometimes forget that our heritage goes back to that of Jesus, for we also have Jesus’ blood coursing through our veins. Let us step back in time — to the time of Jesus — and experience the ancient “Feast of the Passover” with Him. Sitting at the table in the dim light of tiny oil lamps, while dipping bitter herbs into salty water, one can almost feel the gentle breeze of the sea. The unleavened bread takes on special meaning for us — no time to let it rise before fleeing out into the darkness of night.
In the intimate setting of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall on Friday, April 15, at 6 p.m., you are invited to join Fr. Doug Neel and the members of the Order of the Daughters of the King. Under Fr. Doug’s guidance, you will experience this Holy and touching celebration of the Passover Feast just as Jesus would have. The flavors, the smells, the sense of family and community, and the rich tradition are yours to savor.
If you have never experienced a Passover Feast, now is your opportunity. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Members of St. Patrick’s may obtain tickets until Monday, April 11, at the church office. After that date, any remaining tickets will be sold to the general public. Our Parish Hall can seat only 50 people. No tickets will be sold at the door. Oh, and if you do not care for lamb, just skip the meat. Fr. Doug says there is plenty of food, and you will return home filled in mind, body, and spirit.