Sunday of the Passion

I Am Merely A Broken Dish

Psalm 31: 12

Because there were very few public places to stay in Jerusalem, people who came to celebrate the Feast of the Passover usually stayed as house guests of members of the extended family or of lifelong friends.

And they usually brought some special serving dish as a gift that could be used in serving a large meal to the household and their friends.

When Mary, Joseph, and Jesus went to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover in Jesus' childhood, they may have followed these customs.

A Seder plate may be made of any material, but it usually has six actual or symbolic divisions, so each of the special foods of the Passover meal has its own place.

The special foods are a roasted lamb bone; charoset, a mixture of nuts, apples, and wine; a green vegetable (lettuce or parsley); a roasted egg; and bitter herbs (horseradish). The sixth place is often used for a small cup of salt water into which the parsley is dipped - or it may be used for a second green vegetable.

Working on the underside of a clear plastic dinner plate, use gold and silver markers to create and decorate six separate spaces on the plate.

This plate makes a lovely Easter gift as we remember that Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Holy Communion at a Passover supper.

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