What’s a Seder Meal?

What’s a seder meal?

That’s what I was thinking when Fr. Ed introduced the idea in church a couple of weeks ago. It’s a Passover celebration. A very structured ritual that plays out in the form of a formal dinner, the seder meal is essentially the method used by Jews and Christians to remember the oppressed, and pass down the beliefs and practice of love and compassion to the youth of their local communities.

Attending one is not unlike a large family get together. Everyone is well fed with children laughing and music playing. Except for one thing. The order. Everything has it’s place. It’s role for the evening. And every person as well. Seder in hebrew is translated as “order”. Order is the theme for the night. And it’s nice. We learned quite a bit and enjoyed a wonderful meal.

The main thing one should take away from this, though, is not to neglect your freedom. Remember those who have suffered in order to give us what we take for granted every day. Pray for those enslaved today. They exist. I assure you. Enslaved by addiction, illness, injury as well as oppression and false imprisonment. If it seems silly to you, it’s only because we are so far from it. Even more reason to take a minute to reflect upon it.

Most especially remember Our Lord. He laid down His life for us so that we may enjoy eternal freedom.

And if you ever get the chance to participate in a seder meal, do it. You’ll enjoy it.


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