As we celebrate Holy week and prepare our hearts and minds to honor the death and resurrection of Christ, The Morning Thing dug into ways to observe Holy week with your family.
For 15 ways to honor Holy week at home with your family, click HERE!
We also looked at the symbolic Passover or Sedar meal which is directly connect with Holy week as the oldest religious tradition to commemorate God’s deliverance of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. There are five elements to the meal.
- Karpas, a green vegetable, most often parsley is used to represent the initial flourishing of the Israelites during the first years in Egypt.
- Haroset, sweet fruit paste symbolizing mortar, symbolizes the mortar that the Israelite slaves used to construct buildings for Pharaoh.
- Maror is a bitter herb, often horseradish which allows us to taste the bitterness of slavery.
- Z’roa, is a roasted lamb shank bone that symbolizes the lamb that Jews sacrificed as the special Passover offering when the Temple stood in Jerusalem.
- Beitzah is A roasted or hard-boiled egg that symbolizes the hagigah sacrifice, which would be offered on every holiday
These elements are carefully arranged with the maror in the middle of the plate. The hazeret is at the six o’clock position followed by, moving clockwise, karpas (seven o’clock), beitzah (11 o’clock), z’roa (one o’clock), and haroset (five o’clock).
For more information about this traditional Jewish meal, click HERE!
We also dug into how to keep your heart and mind on the story of Jesus this Easter.
- Beware of the distractions!
- Focus on the important!
- See the beauty in the ashes!
For three ways on how to focus on Christ during Holy week, click HERE!
For 10 ways to prepare your heart for Easter, click HERE!