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03 April 2007

Today's Seder meal wasn't setting for 1st Eucharist 

Jes' had to share this informative read; ya learn something new every day! While you're there, do check out the rest o' Father's blog -- most splendiferous!

The popular mistake of thinking that the Seder meal we know today was the setting in which Jesus first gave us his Eucharist
by Father Stephanos, OSB

"... As both the Gospel and the Mass proclaim it, the first Eucharist clearly was NOT a celebration of the Jewish Seder." Read the full post.

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Blogger Brother Charles said...

Thanks for the post, as this is a common mistake. It's part of the general error of identifying Rabbinic Judaism with the Jewish religion of the time of Jesus.

In fact, in a way, both Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism are the fraternal twin sister religions born of the destruction of Second Temple Judaism.

Besides, the timelines presented in the Gospels make it impossible even to claim with certainty that the Last Supper was a Passover meal at all.

As one of my teachers put it, "The Last Supper, which, if you believe the Scriptures, either was or wasn't a Passover meal."

04 April, 2007 08:20  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

The Gospel of John places the death of Christ on the day of the slaughter of the Passover lambs

John 19:14. "Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover...."

That means that in the Gospel of John the Passover began at sundown on Good Friday; and that the Last Supper was a day previous to that, making the Last Supper in John something other than a Passover Seder.

05 April, 2007 11:02  
Blogger Lisa, ofs said...

>>The Gospel of John places the death of Christ ...

Hey, cool! Thanks so much for actually reading and replying to my bitty post, Father! :-D

I saw that update on your blog in response to someone else's comment there -- thanks for sharing it here, too. :-)

05 April, 2007 11:11  

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