Around the table

From staff reports

LEWISTOWN – Students at Sacred Heart School prepared for and participated in a Seder meal in recognition of Holy Thursday.

The Seder is the ritual meal that takes place in Jewish homes on the first night of Passover. The service, which commemorates the night God delivered the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt, involves the recitation of special prayers and consumption of symbolic foods. The Last Supper of Jesus with his apostles was a Passover Seder.

During the meal, Jesus taught that he is the Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice to the Father, which frees people from slavery and death. During Catholic Mass, parts of the Last Supper are re-enacted. Some of the gestures and prayers of Mass come from the Seder service.

The students learned more about why some parts of Mass are still performed today and how Jesus celebrated his Last Supper before his crucifixion, death, and resurrection.