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Students experience Seder meal

Seventh-graders at Aquinas in David City learn about Passover

DAVID CITY (SNR) – Seventh-graders at Aquinas Middle and High School in David City participated in a traditional Seder meal on Holy Thursday, March 24.

The Seder meal is a ritual feast celebrated on the Jewish holiday of Passover. The meal consisted of lamb, bitter herbs, unleavened bread (flour tortillas), and ‘wine’ (grape drink).

While the experience was new to the 43 students who participated, it is not new to the school. Father Joseph Steele has now prepared four Seder meals – with the help of the cooks – over his 12 years at Aquinas.

The meal fits in with the class’s study of the seven sacraments. After studying each sacrament, Father Steele leads various activities. When learning about the history of the Eucharist, they focused on the Seder meal. The new Eucharist was given to the Church by Jesus during the Last Supper, Father Steele said, and Jesus then became the actual sacrificed Paschal Lamb. It was fitting that the class’s timing coincided with Holy Week.

“It worked out great to have the Seder meal on Holy Thursday to help us prepare for the Paschal Triduum,” Father Steele said.

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