When our boys were just little boys, Warren and I wanted to celebrate Easter with something other than bunnies, and eggs. This caused me to begin exploring the feasts that God instituted for the Israelites. We had a friend who was Jewish who helped me understand, and implement a Seder (the Passover celebration). We invited friends, and along with our family began having Passover in our home. Warren got pretty good with some Hebrew phrases. Somewhere along the way, we stopped doing Passover. Now, we attend one put on by the Andrews. Since Monday, April 14, was Passover, we celebrated with them along with other friends.
|Elijah's cup...there are 4 cups of wine that are drunk at various times in the ceremony. At the Last Super, it was during the third cup when Jesus said this is my blood, and body...take and eat.|
|The Carpas...the bitter herb which is dipped in salt water to represent the bitterness of the Israelites plight in Egypt, and the salt water represents their tears.|
|The Charoset...it is made with apples, pecans, and sweet wine. It is really delicious.|
|Notice the candle to the left...the ceremony starts with the woman of the house lighting the candles, and reciting a prayer.|
|Thank goodness Mark had printed the order of the Seder so we could follow along.|
"The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day." -Act 2:20
That night, there was a lunar eclipse that started a little before midnight and lasted until about 3 a.m. The moment of total eclipse was 1:06 a.m. I stayed up to get pictures, but they do not do justice to the actual event...which was magnificent. Truly glorious. I might add Warren did not share in my enthusiasm...he went to bed. Maggie, my cat, shared in the event with me though. There were several sights online that covered it live, which helped me out a lot, since it was bitter cold out. I watched online, and would go out to snap photos at various points, come in; warm up a little, and go back out.
|the eclipse is just starting...|
|The blue dot is Mars|
|This is the total eclipse...even if it doesn't look like it. Believe me, it as glorious.|
There will be 4 total lunar eclipses in the years 2014-2015: October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015; and Sept. 8, 2015. http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/lunar.html. These are called Tetrad lunar eclipses. While I was waiting for the event, I looked up to see the Biblical significance of tetrad eclipses. What I found was very interesting. It seems there is a major Jewish event associated with all of them. A lot fall on Jewish festivals.
I found the tetrads, and the Biblical significance here.
I did not stay up until 3 a.m. I retired shortly after the total eclipse...like 1:30. I was cold to the bone, and I thought I would never warm up. I put on winter pajamas, and an extra blanket. I wanted to curl up next to Warren who is like a little furnace, but decided it would not be wise to wake him with my freezing body. He thanked me for not doing so the next morning. It was fun, interesting, and exciting. Be Blessed.