Messianic Passover Feast will provide understanding of the Lord’s Supper

  • Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013 12:01 a.m.

By Sarah Campbell

Enon Baptist Church will host the third annual Messianic Passover Feast from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 25.

“It has been growing tremendously every year as more and more people seek to understand the Lord’s Supper, the history related to the event — the first Passover in Egypt — and the circumstances Jesus experienced on the night he was betrayed,” said Dr. Oscar Ramirez, pastor of Oakland Heights Congregation.

The first seder, held at Trading Ford Baptist Church, drew more than 80 people. Last year, about 120 flocked to Stallings Memorial Baptist Church for the event.

The feast will include Messianic music and explanations of 3,319 year-old Jewish traditions.

“It’s kind of like a time machine,” Ramirez said. “We go all the way back to the first Passover in Egypt.” “We set the place there and we have all the traditional foods and practice the customs the Jewish observe.

Ramirez said the full meal, which will include matzo, will begin at about 7 p.m.

The church will be decorated to take people back to the first Passover.

“Over the doorways will be red crepe paper to represent the blood,” Ramirez said.

The event will follow a Haggadah.

“That means script, the order of the service,” Ramirez said. “Different people will play different parts and there will be prayers and so forth.”

Ramirez said the community event is open to people of all denominations.

“All Christians and Jews have the Passover in common,” he said. “We hope that this will break down some barriers and form greater alliances in the churches and in the community.”

Ramirez said the seder provides a “deeper and fuller experience” of the Lord’s Supper.

“Christian traditions have evolved and changed so much over the years, it’s important to go back to those Jewish roots,” he said.

The cost of the feast is $12 per person or $6 per child 12 years old and under.

Those interested in attending should RSVP by calling 704-637-3407.

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