April 17


Passover Greens and Yellow Chicks

By Tresta Neil

Called to Learn, Celebrations, Easter, Symbology, פֶּסַח (Passover)

Two day before Christ hung on the cross he was healing, teaching and telling parables to all that would listen. I chose an event that happen either Tuesday or Wednesday. This event was when Jesus said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!” (Matt 23:37; Luke 13:34)

Could this be where we get our Easter symbol of little yellow chicks? I couldn’t visualize all of Jerusalem as a small chick, but Jesus did.

The Passover season always takes place in the spring time. Spring seems to be a theme with Christ. He was born, started his ministry and died all in the spring. The world is just waking up in the Spring. The grass is turning green, baby animals are being born and the days are becoming longer. All symbolic of the Atonement. Our hearts change and turn softer. We become reborn and light shines more within and without us when we accept the Atonement of Christ and allow Him to work in our lives. We become NEW again.

On the Passover Seder* plate there is spring greens, karpas, that are dipped in salt water during the ceremony. These greens remind us that there is hope for new life, even in the midst of bondage and darkness. The salt water reminds us of the many salty tears shed during the years of bondage and of the pain of other enslaved and persecuted peoples. 

Spring is the theme! Take time to feel the sense of the spring in the air. Think about the smell of fresh cut grass, bouncy calves, active kitten, the yellow, pink and white blossoms that cover many of the trees and the wonderful smells of orange blossoms. This is a great time of hope.

  • When have you felt frustrated with those you have been given charge over? 
  • When have you felt in bondage or enslaved? Did you feel hope during those times? 
  • What are your favorite things about spring?
  • What do you currently have in your life that bring you hope? 
  • What do you need to “cast out” that is not bringing you hope and love? 

*Seder means “order” there is a specific order to the meal. 

I know, I know. Who hasn’t heard Frozen too much?! But watch anyway. Six13 make it work with Chozen. I think you’ll be surprised.

This video tells about the 4 questions asked at the Seder. It asks how this night is different from all other nights.

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