I grew up with Passover Seder being customary and influenced most by my paternal Grandmother, Isabelle. She would roast lamb and set out the Seder plate and explain the items. She also would serve a delicious mint jelly for the roasted lamb dinner. Before the lamb and vegetables was a first course of homemade matzoh ball soup and latkes aplenty, paired with both applesauce and sour cream.Yum!
As a teen, my parents took me to a really great church that hosted a Passover Seder every year complete with worship, traditional music, and dancing! It was the highlight of my church memories even before I chose Jesus.
Last year, the boys helped create Afikomen bags for our hidden matzoh. They practiced saying “Yeshua” and we even wrote His Hebrew name on the bags. We plan on doing this again this year.
I preface our family’s Passover Seder traditions with these glimpses into the past because it is paramount to setting up why I still celebrate.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words that I give you today. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re at home or away, when you lie down or get up. Write them down, and tie them around your wrist, and wear them as headbands as a reminder. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”
This scripture is the premise for our Passover. I am continually brought back to it both as I prepare my heart and busy my hands with the preparations.
I believe Messiah has come. Yeshua. Jesus. He fulfilled the Promise and the law. Yet, I obey His command to teach my children about His ways. One of the primary ways to do that is through this feast.
This all symbolizes Jesus for our family and how he is the hidden pearl of great price. He is the bread broken for us. He took the stripes just like the stripes matzoh. When we seek Him, He is found. When we find Him and hold fast to Him, we are gifted a great Prize.
So, what are some great resources and ideas for celebrating with your family?
As I shared above, an Afikomen bag is a staple at a Passover Seder. The Seder leader hides the bag with a matzoh inside during the meal, then the children hunt for it. Once found, it is traded for a small prize (typically money), which represents finding the Bread of Life, is our great reward!
You can buy a beautiful afikomen bag or you can let your children have fun making their own. Our craft was simple. It required paper bags, markers, twine/string/yarn, tape (to seal the end of the twine or yarn for threading), and a hole punch.
Cut your paper bag to a size that fits just around a piece off matzoh. It should make a pocket when folded over the matzoh. Older kids can hole punch each side themselves, or mom can do it for the little ones. We played traditional Passover music in Hebrew during our craft time. Tape the ends of the string you chose so it is easy for the child to thread in and out of the holes on each side.
Finally, you can discuss Yeshua and share the Hebrew letters for His name. The children may copy it onto their bags. We also copied a relevant scripture.
Another wonderful resource we are using for the entire season of Lent, is Jennifer Naraki’s Rich + Rooted Passover.
This curriculum is beautiful. It provides simple activities paired with scripture verses and token items to help symbolize the stories and theology surrounding this season. I suggest buying it about a month prior to Ash Wednesday in order to give yourself time to gather the suggested materials (many of which you may have in your home already). This curriculum starts on Ash Wednesday and can be the core of your traditions during this season.
Finally, here are some children’s book recommendations for this season:
I hope that you find Lent and Passover traditions that bring your family closer to Him.
On Arrow Hill,