3 Reasons Why the Seder Should Be Part of Your Easter Celebrations

Posted by Rachel Blakemore, Chase Oaks Legacy Campus Elementary Director, on Apr 12, 2022

3 Reasons Why the Seder Should Be Part of Your Easter Celebrations

As Christ followers, most of us are familiar with Passover—the annual Jewish remembrance of the Jews’ liberation from slavery in Egypt. Somewhat less familiar is the observance of a Passover Seder dinner. While we may have heard the word “seder” (meaning “order” in Hebrew), most of us don’t know much about the actual celebration itself.

The Passover Seder dinner is a traditional feast which marks the beginning of the weeklong Passover holiday. Held on the first (or first and second) evening of Passover, it is a ritual retelling of the deliverance of the Jewish people from Pharaoh, as told in the Old Testament book of Exodus. This retelling involves eating symbolic food and drink, and praising God for his blessings.

How does Seder connect to Easter? After all, these are two totally different religious holidays, observing two totally different biblical events. 

The connection is Jesus Himself! 


The Last Supper was actually a Seder dinner. When Jesus invited His disciples to partake in the very first communion, he transformed Seder into an observance of not only the Passover, but of His sacrifice. This means that you have already been celebrating a Seder meal, every time you participate in communion.

Here are three great reasons to observe Seder:

1. Seder is an opportunity to go deeper into God’s Word.

While most of us have a very clear understanding of why we observe Easter, we don’t usually dwell on its connection to the Old Testament. Jesus is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophesy and law. And Jesus was the one who expanded the meaning of the Seder celebration and its elements, using it to establish the practice of communion.

Because a Seder dinner incorporates all five senses, it is an especially effective teaching tool. By experiencing the celebration, instead of just learning or reading about it, it becomes something so much more tangible and impactful.

2. Seder can become an amazing annual tradition for you and your family.

You can make Seder your own! It is a great way to blend your current Easter traditions with something new. For example, Seder dinner includes a hard-boiled egg. Using the eggs that you dyed for Easter would be a great way to emphasize a tangible connection between the two celebrations. Does your family enjoy baking? Making Easter Bread that is then used for Seder would be a perfect tradition for you and your loved ones.

Make Seder something that your family looks forward to each year. Make it fun!

3. Seder is a reason to celebrate!

Although the Seder dinner does have a specific order, scripted blessings, and defined symbolic foods, it is not meant to be a stuffy solemn occasion. It includes games, prayer, and fun! You can make it as formal or informal as you want.

Hosting a Seder dinner can sound intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. You can make it as complicated or as simple as you like. Lots of guides can be found online, like this one. 

Seder is the perfect opportunity to rejoice in the New Covenant, created by Jesus. The most important part of your family’s Seder celebration? Being together and celebrating God’s amazing love for us.

Come celebrate Easter with us! For service times, locations, and additional Easter activities, look here.


Share This:

Recent Stories

Swipe to Discover more

10 Interesting Facts About Jesus That Might Surprise You

Feb 27, 2024

Jesus Christ is one of the most controversial figures in history. When you look at his life, there are some interesting facts about Jesus that are truly surprising.


Easter Eggs: What Is the History Behind This Tradition?

Feb 27, 2024

Ever wonder what eggs have to do with Easter? We've done some research, and the answer behind this common tradition lies in the roots of early Christianity. Read more, here:


From Local Good Center Student to Staff: Mariana’s Story

Feb 26, 2024

The Local Good Center has seen countless people experience empowerment, transformation, and belonging within its doors. Read more about Mariana's inspiring story, here.


3 Ways To Keep Learning About Black History

Feb 25, 2024

Black History Month celebrates the heritage and achievements of black Americans, past and present. But why and how can we keep learning, once February is over?


Remembering the Dream: Honoring MLK, Jr.

Feb 23, 2024

Several Chase Oakers share their reflections on the impact and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.


Five Things You Can Do For Lent This Year

Feb 11, 2024

What's the history of Lent? How is it observed? It's not just a way to pass time before Easter. It's a great opportunity to take some steps toward personal transformation.


Creative Ways that Everyone Can Celebrate Love

Feb 09, 2024

Valentine’s Day: love it, hate it, skip it? Whatever your view, love is for everyone at any age or life stage. We’ve got some fresh ideas for how everyone can celebrate love this week and beyond.


Where To Celebrate Lunar New Year 2024 in DFW

Feb 05, 2024

Happy Lunar New Year 2024! We've listed just a few of the many places you can celebrate the Year of the Dragon in DFW.


Four Reasons Why We Should Celebrate Black History Month

Jan 30, 2024

Black History Month is a celebration of the lives and achievements of African Americans who have made a difference in our world.


The Local Good Pantry: Nourishing Communities, Creating Hope

Jan 26, 2024

The newly opened Local Good Pantry offers hope to the surrounding community by addressing hunger and food insecurity with dignity.