The Passover meal is known as the Seder, which means “order,” because the meal and service are done in a prescribed sequence. This sequence is presented in the Haggadah (“telling”) which outlines the steps of the meal as well as the readings and songs for the participants.
The purpose of the celebration: to tell the story of God’s actions in history in a way that brings it out of the past and makes it a present reality for everyone in the community, young and old, as if they personally are part of the story. As such, the Passover has been termed one of the most effective teaching tools ever devised, as it appeals to all of the senses and involves everyone to tell the story of God. It represents the very best of communal liturgy.
Our Christian Seder shared how the people of Jesus’ time only had a partial understanding of the meaning included in the various elements. Jesus’ sacrifice was the fulfillment of this salvation story and the explanations of how we as Christians have a fuller understanding of the symbolism of this meal that became the first Communion service as Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples.