The Seder Celebration

  • Cast Number: 4
  • Run-time: 24 minutes
  • Bible Reference: Deuteronomy 16:1
Interactive celebration of Passover A in-depth study of the Passover. Leaders and participants take part in the actual Seder Celebration. Well researched and informative.
This script can be used as an interactive celebration of the Passover and the Seder. Parts may be divided, combined or reassigned to accommodate the available people.

Sample of script:

Leader 1 opens in explaining the meaning behind the Passover and the Seder.
Just as God instructed the Israelites, we have come together to celebrate the Passover. Join us as we enjoy, and learn more about, this time-honoured celebration, as a loving community of believers.Passover is probably the best known of the Jewish holidays, mostly because it ties in with Christian history. The Last Supper celebrated by Jesus and his disciples was apparently a Passover Seder. So it is, as present day disciples of Jesus Christ, it is right that we too celebrate.
Many of the Passover observances have been reinterpreted by Christians as signs of Jesus. It is well that we re-examine this history in some detail here today.
Passover begins on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan. The primary observances of Passover are related to the Exodus from Egypt after 400 years of slavery. This story is told in the Holy Bible, in the Haggadah, in Exodus, in Chapters 1 through 15. It was here, and particularly in Chapters 12 through 15 that many of the Passover observances were instituted.
The name "Passover" refers to the fact that God "passed over" the houses of the Jews when he was slaying the firstborn of Egypt. In Hebrew, it is known as Pesach, which is based on the Hebrew root meaning "pass over". The holiday is also referred to as Chag he-Aviv (the Spring Festival), Chag ha-Matzoth (the Festival of Matzahs), and Zeman Herutenu (the Time of Our Freedom).
Probably the most significant observance related to Passover involves the removal of chametz or leaven; (pronounced khumits), from our homes. This recalls how the Jews leaving Egypt were in a hurry, and did not have time to let their bread rise. It is also a symbolic way of removing the "puffiness", the arrogance, the pride, from our lives.
So it is today that there is always much we need to remove from our homes, from our families, from our lives, as we seek to more closely mirror Christ-like conduct in our lives.
Chametz includes anything made from the five major grains, (wheat, rye, barley, oats and spelt), that has not been completely cooked within 18 minutes after coming into contact with water. Jewish people may not eat chametz during Passover; nor even own it or derive benefit from it. It may not even be fed to pets or cattle. All chametz, including utensils used to cook chametz, must either be disposed of or sold to a non-Jew. This shows how there are things in our lives which must not just be set aside, but must be thoroughly rooted out.
The process of cleansing the home of all chametz in preparation for Passover is an enormous task. Several days must be spent scrubbing everything down, then going over the edges of cupboards and appliances with a toothpick and a Q-Tip, and covering all surfaces with foil or shelf-liner. After this thorough cleaning is completed, a last minute search for any missed chametz must be conducted on the morning before the seder, and any remaining chametz burned.
So it is that our lives and need intensive, not cursory, inspection, and introspection. Are there, in the dark corners, thoughts and practices which need be rooted out and eliminated?
The grain product eaten during Passover is called matzah. Matzah is unleavened bread, made simply from flour and water and cooked very quickly. This is the bread that the Jews made for their flight from Egypt.The day before Passover is the fast of the firstborn, a minor fast for all firstborn males, commemorating the fact that the firstborn Jewish males in Egypt were not killed during the final plague.
The Passover celebration lasts for seven days. On the first night of Passover there is a special family meal filled with ritual to remind all of the significance of the holiday. This meal is called a seder, from a Hebrew root word meaning "order." It is the same root from which is derived the word "siddur" or prayer book. The seder is regulated by a specific set of information that must be covered in a specific order. We will now celebrate a traditional seder in which you are invited to join.Leader 2: The content of the seder can be summed up in a Hebrew rhyme:

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