At Glosses from an Old Manse, Pastor Mark asks: “Should Christians Celebrate the Haggadah/Seder?”
I am against it.
The Brisbane Jewish/Catholic subcommittee has posted this statement. It concludes:
1 The Passover Seder is a Jewish celebration.
2 The study of the Passover is best situated within the academic framework of the study of Judaism. As the SIDIC document states ‘Christians can approach the Passover Seder alone or in groups and study its structure, read the text, explain the rites with the help of a competent person sensitive to Judaism. (1995: p3)
3 Christians may wish to attend a Jewish Passover meal when invited by Jewish friends. As stated in the notes on Nostra Aetate ‘One would then truly be guest of the Jewish tradition and faith by which the Church is linked by its very identity.’ (Nostra Aetate – notes 12)
In the spirit of mutual respect and understanding for the religious traditions of other people, every care needs to be taken not to appropriate the Passover ritual which rightfully belongs to the Jewish people.
I concur absolutely.