We always have a big feast on Holy Thursday. I suppose this is one of the clever tactics that my family has developed over the years in order to cope with– and build up resources for the imminent fasting on Good Friday. After all Good Friday is the second of the only two official fast days of the year!
I suppose I should include a disclaimer here, to the effect that, as we are Catholics, we do in fact believe that the traditional Seder supper has been fulfilled and supplanted by Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross. And that the Seder meal, in fact, is a foreshadowing of the Mass. And so I freely admit that when the veil of the temple was ripped from top to bottom, the Mosaic ceremonial law was then pretty much abrogated and therefore ceremonies such as the Seder meal are also part of that abrogation.
I am not certain if I have made a sufficient apology, but the fact is, we just love Matzo and horseradish!
So here is what we did. We started off with the Mustard Greens from our local Heinen’s Supermarket which is famous for its fresh produce and meats!
My daughter Christine made the Haroset. A foundational food indeed!
Seldom do we eat hard-boiled eggs at dinner, but we all agreed we should do this more often, especially with the creamy horseradish.
I always enjoy seeing the matzo alone on the plate at the beginning. Another foundational food.
Of course, Lamb makes the meal especially something to look forward to after a lengthy Lent.
Sparkly grape juice for the kids.
Unfortunately, I will have to wait for Saturday to finish this left-over chunk of lamb.
Finally, (thanks to my daughter Mary!) the coconut covered lamb cake representing The Lamb that was slain on the cross!