The Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community
On Sunday, April 24, Kim Panaro and Jim Marsh, newly ordained priests, led our liturgical celebration at the Upper Room. The liturgy encompassed the themes of Earth Day and Passover.
Along with the bread and wine, the friendship table was set with a number of foods eaten during the ritual Seder (Jesus, an observant Jew, would have celebrated the Seder yearly with his family and friends).
Beth, our Jewish companion on the journey, explained the meaning of each food item on the plate:
• Matzoh: Three unleavened matzohs are a reminder of the haste with which the Israelites fled Egypt, leaving no time for dough to rise.
• Maror: bitter herbs, usually horseradish or romaine lettuce, symbolize the bitterness of slavery.
• Charoses: a mixture of apples, nuts, wine, and cinnamon,are a reminder of the mortar used by the Jews in the construction of buildings as slaves.
• Beitzah: a roasted egg, is a symbol of life and the perpetuation of existence.
From our Eucharistic table we go into our week to live the Gospel. On Tuesday, April 25, many members of the Upper Room Community gathered to serve lunch at the St. John’s St. Ann’s welcome table.
|Judy, Jim, Lynn and Marge|
|Chris, Dave and Mary Theresa|
|Deven, Maryann and Joan|
|Margaret and Mary Kay|
|Servers listening to instructions from Cookie before guests arrive!|