Messianic Passover Seder

second Passover sederPassover 2014 begins in the evening of Monday, April 14

There are no set rules for the basic order of the Seder. Just like with Thanksgiving dinner, traditions vary among families.

In A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays there are  examples of:

  1. a very simple seder with no specific readings.
  2. a traditional seder outline. This outline consists of eighteen traditional steps you can adapt for your family.
  3. an easy-to-use twenty-four page step-by-step Haggadah* (you may reproduce for your family’s use) that explains just what to say for each blessing as you pour the wine, when to eat and drink, and a list of the Bible verses to read. The leader simply reads aloud the text from the gray box on each page as the rest of the group follows the directions.
  4. a basic checklist of what you need to have at (or close by) the dinner table (below)

The one thing you should not do is get all bound up in “doing it right” and ruin the dinner. That would defeat the purpose. Pray and trust God to lead you.

Passover was reintroduced by Hezekiah in Bible times (Numbers 9). They were unable to follow every step outlined in Leviticus; however, God knew their hearts. He had grace towards them and healed their people.

Seder Checklist

Seder PlateGeneral

The table is usually set with the best dishes, a low floral arrangement, a tablecloth, and two candles and candlesticks.

  • Place a Haggadah at each setting (or every other setting.)
  • On the chairs should be a pillow or cushion for leaning.
  • On the table near the leader
  • A small basin of water for the hand washing (or the leader can bring it to the table when it is time)
    and a towel to dry the hands.

Seder Plate

Seder PlateYou can purchase a Seder plate or use a fancy dish, or even let the children color a paper plate. On the Seder plate are usually:

A shank bone of a lamb (some leave off the shank bone and serve a different main dish because Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. Others like the symbolism–you choose):

  • Bitter herbs (usually horseradish);
  • Karpas (a green vegetable, usually parsley or celery.)
  • Charoset (a mixture of apple, nuts, and wine)
  • Three pieces of matzah, in the specially designed matzah cover or within three cloth napkins.

On the table within everyone’s reach

  • Small bowls of salty water.
  • Wine goblet or glass.
  • Extra bitter herbs and charoset for a large family or gathering.
  • A plate of matzah.
  • A bottle of wine or grape juice (one bottle per every six to eight people).

The above is an excerpt from A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays.



A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays

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Printable Messianic Haggadah

Haggadah is a Hebrew word that means the telling.The Haggadah is the Order of Service for the Passover Seder Dinner. A copy is used by each participant and is essential for understanding and participation. This Haggadah is inexpensive and functional and for a Christian Seder. This 24 page booklet tells us each step of the seder illustrating the first passover and the symbolism of Christ our Passover.Purchase Printable Hagaddah Here.

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  1. Mike Miller says:

    Oh, the cleaning!!! |||| RT @heartofwisdom: Messianic Passover Seder Checklist> Passover begins in 27 days. http://ow.ly/1dgZI

  2. I would love to know if there is a local congregation that is having a community Seder. I have not been able to celebrate a Messianic Seder for about four years, since moving to AR, and would greatly love to find one this year! My husband has never been to one, and I would love to go to one that would reveal Yeshua in the Passover celebration.

    If you know of one, or know someone I can contact to find one, please let me know.

    Many thanks,

  3. hey guys, just came here when i did a good yahoo search. Nice post you got here! Keep it up!

  4. Jeane Chrest says:

    I cannot find the downloadable color printable Hagaddah that is in noted in “A Family Guide to Biblical Holidays”

    Thank you for your help and a great book.

  5. Having celebrated passover for the last 4 years I have to say each year it gets better and better. We have a couple families where we do the seder meal. Have a foot washing like Jesus did for the disciples and sing hymns as well. One of the nicest holidays we ever celebrate! Nothing like going to a family members house on easter thats generally not spiritual and often boring. lol great post

  6. RT @heartofwisdom: Messianic Passover Seder http://ow.ly/1pM1F

  7. Karen says:

    I also cannot find the color printable version of the Hagaddah that is mentioned in the Biblical Holidays book, pg 137 – 148.

  8. Cheers and Please preserve updating your Blog. I will probably be stopping by every single time you do .

  9. Summer Camps says:

    Maybe you could change the webpage name title Messianic Passover Seder : Biblical Holidays to more generic for your subject you make. I loved the the writing nevertheless.

  10. nice presentation,
    I will share this to my friends which is also interested in this topic.

  11. This is an interesting guide to observing Messianic Passover Seder. I’ve not done so before, but it could be very interesting and worthwhile.

    – Neil

  12. Robbie says:

    I am not sure what days we should celebrate the Messianic Seder meals,we were told the first day and the last day of Passover, now we are at the end of Passover, I have discovered it should have been done on the first two days only, we thought it would be tonight (last day Friday) as we were told, and now feel guilty that we have not done this correctly, we are reasonably new to this it is our second time around and I am still quite amature,it has left me feeling guilty for getting it wrong, please can anyone tell me the right days for the two seder meals for a Messianic.

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  14. […] a few messianic Jewish websites that provide excellent instruction on how to make a Seder dinner.This particular worksheet provides the general ingredients and instructions. […]

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