Rev. McCain points a question to the Lutherans, but really, to us all:
“Is it appropriate for a Lutheran congregation to celebrate a Passover Seder? This is not an unimportant question since the practice has become rather widespread in our Synod. In fact, it has even been promoted (complete with Eucharist!) by the Synod’s Board for Evangelism (A Passover Haggadah for Christians , ed. Bruce J. Lieske, no date). But can it be historically or theologically sustained?
“The historical question is rather complex, as the history of liturgical forms generally are. To begin with, we have no manuscript of a Seder Haggadah which is early than the tenth century A.D. (Siddur Rav Saadya Gaon ). Nearly a millennium exists between the time of Jesus and the earliest extant text. Passover Haggadoth have never been standardized but have always been shaped and reshaped by circumstances and time. The ritual has been extraordinarily versatile since the tenth century A.D. and in all likelihood was just as versatile in the preceding centuries. The claim that any ritual now in existence is identical with that used by Jesus is both anachronistic and historically suspect.
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Various sects of Christianity are ‘discovering’ their ‘Jewish/Hebrew’ roots not realizing at sometimes, those very Jewish things originated long after the time of Christ. While we should, I believe, endeavor to not forget that Christianity was a sect of Judaism, we are very much Christian. While our Eucharist is connected to the Passover Seder of the 1st century, as are our other rites and doctrines (of perhaps should be) we cannot forget that the Church took a different route, namely to follow Christ.