I was actually quite relieved when I heard this sermon, whose title I borrowed for the title of my blog post. Â My children attended a private Catholic school for several years. Â One year someone introduced this “custom”. Â At the time my kids were in the lower grades which did not participate. Â I remember hearing about it and thinking it was a completely unnecessary thing. Â It didn’t sit well with me, but since my kids weren’t participating I basically ignored it then and for the next several years. Â Over the years it became something I heard about and started to think “well I guess there is no harm, it’s just a history lesson”. Â By the time my kids were old enough to participate I generally thought of it as a history lesson, but still had an uneasiness about it. Â At the time I had a new baby that never slept so, needless to say, I did no research. Â Also, I thought, at the time, the only reason I was uneasy was because we were required as parents to help provide some of the food. Â This was a burden and took extra time and money I didn’t have. Â When I listened to this sermon I realized that maybe all along my uneasiness was a gift from my guardian angel or the Holy Spirit. Â Thankfully, I think my oldest two only participated in it once or twice.
I hope that you will take the time to listen to this 19 minute sermon. Â It is very educational. Â I will entice you by giving you a few facts learned from it:
- Jesus never celebrated the Seder Meal, he celebrated the ancient feast of the Passover then instituted a new Passover, the Mass.
- The Seder Meal celebrated today started around the third century A.D.
- One of the cups of wine on the Seder Plate is associated with looking forward to the coming of the Messiah…we can’t look forward to this, it has already happened.
- It would be considered false worship, therefore violating the 1st commandment.
- Christianized celebrations of the Seder meal are no exception.
- Modern, Rabbinic Judaism is not Biblical Judaism. Â The Temple and Old Testament Priesthood is gone. Â It was not in existence until 2nd-6th century.
- “Biblical Judaism died and two religions claimed to be the legitimate heir, Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. Â Thus the Judaism we know of is a jealous sister, not a mother faith to Christianity. Â It’s practitioners are not the people who remained faithful to the old religion. Â As a biblical Judaism with it’s sacrifices, Jerusalem Temple, ritual purity, tithes, and priests disappeared 2000 years ago. Â It is a new faith explicitly made to fight Christianity”
Update March 2018
I have recently learned some more pertinent facts regarding the Seder Meal that I thought would be helpful if shared here. Â As mentioned above the Jewish temple is gone. Â As a result of this there can no longer be legitimate sacrifices in that religion. Â As Catholics, we know these sacrifices did not end, but became a part of the new religion Christ founded and the sacrificial Mass he instituted at the Last Supper. Â I digress…Orthodox Jews refuse to eat lamb at the Seder Meal because no sacrificial lamb is possible for them now. Â Also stated above, the Seder Meal started around the 3rd century, postdating our Lord’s Institution of the Eucharist and his sacrificial death on the cross. Â The Jews celebration of the Seder Meal is a continual denial of Jesus as the Christ, the true Messiah and Savior of all mankind apart from whom there is absolutely no salvation. Â In light of this knowledge, it is abundantly clear why participation in a Seder Meal by a Christian would, in fact, be a direct violation of the First Commandment. Â If you still are not convinced, listen to the sermon!!
UPDATE…Bishop Olson of the Diocese of Fort Worth bans Seder Meals. Â Dei Gratias!!