A Passover Seder in the Light of Christ
THE BITTER HERBS (MAROR)
(The leader breaks the bottom matzo into small pieces and dips his piece into bitter herbs.)
Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech haoolam
ALL: Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe,
(All eat the bitter herbs. Matzo is eaten with a few shavings from the fresh root.)
LEADER: The bitter herb speaks of the sorrow and persecution of the people under Pharaoh in Egypt. As the horseradish brings tears to the eyes, so also did slavery bring tears to the eyes of the Israelites.
EATING THE BITTER HERBS WITH CHAROSET (KOREKH)
(All take two pieces from the bottom matzo and make a sandwich
LEADER: All the seder foods help us to tell the story of Passover. So, too, the sweet apples, or charoseth, is a symbol of the mortar and clay bricks made by the Israelites in Egypt.
(All eat the matzo and charoseth together. It is traditional to put some of the horseradish with the charoseth and make a little matzo sandwich.
This sandwich was eaten with Lamb during temple times in Jerusalem. It is still the custom today to give this morsel with affection to a loved one: (John 13)
(From The Hebrew Catholic, #73, Winter 2000-2001. All Rights Reserved.)
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