On my other blog I’ve talked about planning the Holy Thursday meal. Should I or should I not have a Passover meal? I know it’s a week later, but I thought I would share our menu.
I decided to not do an official Seder, but just incorporate elements that would remind us of Jesus’ Last Supper, and the reading and Gospel from the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
Holy Thursday Dinner Menu:
Lamb Chops with Artichoke Hearts (Reminder of the Passover Lamb, and Christ the Paschal Lamb)
Mashed Potatoes (allergy free)
Spinach (reminder of the bitter herbs)
Applesauce (reminder of the Charoses, the bricks and mortar in Egypt)
Bread (reminder of the Unleavened Bread and the Eucharist)
Grapes (reminder of the wine and Blood of Christ)
Dessert (Because it’s a festive day in the eyes of the Church)
As a family of three, with a messy 3 year old, we rarely eat in our dining room. But I set the table with a white tablecloth, our china and silver, even for our son. I made a resolution to make sure I do this more often with just us, because my son asked “Are people coming over for dinner?” when he saw the table.
Since dh and I don’t really have a taste for lamb and we’re a small family, I only made a few lamb chops (frozen from Trader Joe’s). The recipe I used was Lamb Chops with Artichoke Hearts, without the olives and tomatoes. It was quite easy and tasty, although it didn’t cover up the lamb aftertaste.
Since we were leaving for the Mass that evening, we didn’t have wine. We read from the book of Exodus 12:1-20 is read —the story of the first Passover before the meal. We also washed feet, reading John 13:1-17. We also talked about the events that happened with Christ that night, using some picture books to tell the story.
This was just a simple meal, but it was wonderful in preparing our son for the Mass that evening. He recognized the white vestments, like our tablecloth, heard the bells and triumphant singing, watched as Father washed the men’s feet, followed Father as he took the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose.
Was my son well-behaved thoughout? No. It was a struggle through the whole night, wanting to talk, play and wiggle. He was loud, and we had to take him out several times. Dh and I weren’t able to enter very deeply into the Mass. But it still was a beautiful Mass, and a wonderful experience for ds.