A few years ago, inspired by Jessica, we began having a Holy Thursday Liturgical Tea. It was surprisingly simple to pull off and made a real impression on the children. I am busy preparing for today’s tea and thought I would share some of our plans.
Each year, I set the table with a pretty olive-themed tablecloth and take out some special bowls and plates, just not the fine China. I save that for Easter. In addition to the symbolic foods, I include a few symbolic plates, a pewter player, green fish shaped plate the my mother-in-law made me, and my decorative Noah’ s Ark plate. The pewter plate represents the Sedar that Jesus shared with the disciples. The fish represents Christ and green is a traditional color for Holy Thursday. Noah’ s Ark represents the fulfillment of Old Testement prophecies.
A glimpse at last year’s tea.
Below is a list of what we usually have on the table for our tea:
Palms on the road– In years past, I have made heart of Palm salad, and eaten the whole thing myself. In an effort to economize and simplify, I now just put the palms from Palm Sunday in a pretty vase as a centerpiece.
Costly Oil–I fill a shallow bowl with olive oil and flavor it with Italian seasoning, garlic, and a little onion powder. As a child, this is what we put on bread, never butter, of course that was only if there was no tomato sauce left to sop up.
Unleavened bread blessed and broken– We are using broken pieces of Matzo crackers, but have also used posts cut into wedges, in the past.
The Blessing Cup–I make a special wine Spitzer that is mostly grape juice and water with a very little bit of red wine. The wine and water represent the blood and water that flowed from Christ’s side.
Mount of Olives–A pile of olives. Any kind will do.
Garden of Gethesmene– Dried figs
Sleepy Apostles–Sleepytime tea
Thirty Pieces of Silver–I’m once again filling a bowl with thirty dimes that will then be donated to Mary’s Meals. We have also used rice crackers, slices of carrots, and slices of string cheese.
The Cock Crowed Twice–I marinated some chicken cutlets, cooked them in a pan, and sliced them into strips. In years past, we have used rotisserie chicken, chicken salad, and mini chicken pot pies.
Salted sunflower seeds. (I bought unsalted by mistake, oops!)
Cloud of Heaven–Garlic mash potatoes, and yes, I use instant potatoes. I simply salute some garlic in oil and mix it in. The key is simplicity.
I will be back to post pictures in Pretty-Happy-Funny-Real. Enjoy the day!