And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. Isaiah 8:17

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Monday, April 18, 2011


Passover begins this evening. Last week a friend asked me for resources to use in putting together a Seder, or Passover meal. This is what I suggested:

I have never done a complete Seder: I doubt that they did the whole 4 hour tour de force in Jesus' day either. So, I usually serve small amounts of the traditional foods and talk about what they symbolize, what Jesus reinterpreted them as and what Passover means to us.

I made up my own charoset recipe using canned apple pie filling, walnuts and raisins. It is delicious. Email me if you want the recipe.

I serve lamb (rather than just a bone) because Jesus would have eaten lamb and most students I've had have never tasted lamb. I like lamb chops cut into small chunks and grilled. Eat them hot with kosher salt.

Baking the eggs sometimes causes them to explode. You can just hard-cook them most of the way and then just brown the shells for a few minutes in an oven to get the right look.

The booklet that each dinner guest has at a Passover seder is called a haggadah. They are available at most bookstores. Many are available free online: there are links below.

If you want Christian interpretation at your Seder, look for a Messianic Passover Haggadah, like these

There are a LOT of good Jewish sources for Passover information

A simplified Haggadah to print out :

A complete Haggadah, English and Hebrew

Have a good time. Rebecca Stay

Easter and the Sacrament

In Ohio I gave a talk on the Sacrament. My friend Jocelyn posted it Sunday as part of her month of Easter ideas. You might enjoy her blog.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Easter All Week Booklet

Years ago I created a booklet for reading all the scriptures from the week leading up to Easter.

The idea came from the Ensign magazine (April 1999 'Random Sampler') and the pictures from Margo Butler's New Testament Timeline, art by Richard Deland.

My friend and Seminary student, Jocelyn Hatch Christensen posted it on her blog last year. You can go there to download it.

One correction: The first scripture reference for Tuesday should be Mark 11:20-13:37. The blank front page of the booklet is just the right size for a picture from a pass-a-long card: I like Mary in the Garden Easter morning.