Auntie Carol dressed in her Easter finest with matching rose pink handbag and likewise pearls humbly entered the church she regularly attended She smiled as she thought of how her rose pink brocaded jacket and skirt reminded her of how He rose on that fateful first Easter The woman humbly walked down the good sized room to find a seat. Lady Lynda ‘s friend and fellow etiquette encourager was not srurprised how crowded the place was. Easter she mused celebrated the ressurecton of Jesus christ If it wasn’t for that incident he would of been an ordinary man. That even made all the difference in the world. she solemnly reflected.
The Pastor of the church “Our Holy Redeemer Christian church as non sectarian. Auntie Carol thought that was most , most inclusive way for a Christian place of worship to be The woman discreetly sat down in a seat in one of the front pews. She was proud to be a believer.
Pastor Charles Goodman began his sermon. He waved his hands dramatically as he spoke of Mark Chapter 16 New American Standard Version Updated. The chapter on the Risen LORD He gritted his teeth and clenched his fist as he emphasized the significance of that most important Biblical text. The clergyman chose Mark as opposed to the other Gospels since Mark was the most direct in his writings He quickly got to the point
Pastor Goodman grandly recited Mark 15 …. “The Disciples Commissioned
14 Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. 17 These [d]signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
The congregants clapped and hollered enthusiastically as the paster repeatedly shouted “He is risen” The words “Amen ad Praise the LORD Thank you Jesus wwere yelled through the rafters . Auntie Carol joined in gleefully. She was overjoyed she went to the services She thought of how spring was the perfect time for Easter Because oine meaning of spring ws to jump. to rise from the ground. Likewise the Redeemer rose on that crucial day
Afterwards Auntie Carol and her fellow male and female worshippers enjoyed a delightful tete a tete
Lady Lynda and Seymour Toze’s Passover Seder.
Peseach Lady Lynda
“Feeing strange being in such an ultra orthodox sercive. Out of place but loving the piety of the observation.
“I felt quitereluctant going to this ultra orthodox sedar but being a procrastinator this was the only one I could attend. As for the rest of the local seders there was no room or prices too high for yours truly. This synagogue “Temple Ruach” The space at the Jewish house of worship was a long , rectangle shape with a long table with rows of crystal dishes and goblets for the wine and other beverages. The parts of the meal before the main course was on a silver plated plate with divided section for each part of the premeal.
Unfortunately I wound up at the longest Seder I can remember. It felt as if it was interminable. When I thought the service was finally ended they started singing with gusto “Ninety Nine Bottles of Mogen David” on the wall Geesh Every verse was sung!!!!
I made certain I dressed for the occasion You know me I’m so much into dressing properly My loose fitting flannel navy dress was at least two inches below my knees. I wore long sleeves. I didn’t want show too much skin. Wouldn’t want to tempt the men there. Oh I did realize this iwas a religious service but men I know are still of the flesh. Even if most of them are engaged, with a girlfriend or married Besides Seymour was with me I am middle aged but I’m told I look much younger One can’t be too certain. The Gay and Lesbians couples and other participants participated too.
The ceremony was like any other Sedar. It started with the blessing In Hebrew the Kiddish. The Seder begins with the saying of Kiddush. It’s to bless this most sacredof Jewish days. Kiddish means holiness. When its said the Kiddush acknowledge the sacredness of this holy day The LORD is thanked that he bought the peopleto celebrate the holiday.
I felt a little tipsy once I drank the fourth wine cup of syrupy sweet Magen David. I’ve participated in other Seders so I knew it was the custom for each person’s cup to be filled by another participant The other person was a servant The cups were drunk as everyone reclined on their left side. Its suppose to symbolize luxury and majesty.
Then we went to the kitchen sink to wash our hands. Next the meal. It consisted of bitter herbs. In this case parsely dipped in salt water. The dipping was to represent the bitter tears of slavery in those years in Ancient Egypt. The Charosis was made of chopped nuts, chunky apple sauce That part of the meal was meant to remind the partakers there of the mortor.
We ate Matzah or Motzah if you prefer Its a kind of flat bread made from dough that doesn’t rise. So its really super duper flatbread. It makes flatbread lik its risen to the sky This variety I could tell was totally vegan. Veganism seems to be the in thing these days. I never saw so many animal lovers ever in my dear life. I wasn’t surprised at all the main course was a lentil dish. It was hearty and very filling. Finally the blessing of the Pesach and well wishes for everyone there Seymour and I loved being there . With the wine, the delicious food, the friendliness of the people there it was a warm, hearty, meaningful celebration. Tooleloo. Here’s to my partner in arms and colleague Auntie Carol and her Easter celebration at her church “Church of Our Holy Redeemer”
“Oh Seymour your royal blue worsted suit really brings out your deep sapphire eyes” gushed Lady Lynda.
“Lady Lynda my dearest one. Your pretty navy and white floral print cotton dress with the pert off shoulder wavy sleeves make you look the epitomy of graceful womanhood.
Seymour gazed quite pleased at his elegant wife. He felt a stirring in his heart but unfortunately he couldn’t tell if it was a hint of fondness, pride or hunger pangs.
It was a full 20 minutes. No waitperson was there to serve them their meals.
Lady Lynda looked throughout the eatery for someone to serve them. As she perused the establishment she noticed how the delightful photos of the old country charm of Italy. There were photographs of a male gondolier on a boat with tourists in Venice. There was one of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. There were the busy streets of elegant Rome.
The couple relished their closeness on the cozy leather seats. The square table was the perfect size. The fresh-cut deep red roses in the center was the right touch for a Valentine’s day lunch.
“Oh Seymour this is such a fine dining place. The waitpeople are so helpful Do you know what you want to order?
“No not yet. I’m still perusing this delightful menu. Let’s see. Hamburger con fromaggio. Flat Italian framaggio pies.
“Everything here looks so delectable. How in the world do they make such delicacies.”
“This restaurant is highly recommend by gourmands.” commented Toze.
Without much ado the couple ordered the Valentine Special , two Steak Pizzeola oozing with fresh tomato sauce made with chunky tomatoes, sizzling onions and drizzled with pungent garlic on a long Italian bread roll.
Ten minutes later the meal came. When Lady Lynda looked up at the server she thought he looked rather familiar Then as she glanced at him she realized he was the man who flirted with her at the New Age Book Shop two weeks earlier. She remembered his aquamarine eyes eagerly fluttering at her. She nervously recalled how he blurted out adoring her long gold discs necklace. He called her girlfriend. She beamed such a colorful man was interested in her. The woman currently felt her heart sink. Seymour’s wife dearly wondered how to handle the touchy situation. Especially when Seymour’ looked so concerned.
The waiter politely told the couple he hoped they enjoyed their meals. He gave no hint of his earlier encounter with Lady Lynda, Toze’s wife wondered why that was. It was only less than a week since her encounter with him. But she admitted she was relieved he didn’t let on their flirty experience at the New Age Book Store. Then as the waiter left he slyly winked at Lady Lynda as if to say “Let’s keep our secret. It was a charming interlude” Lady Lynda was grateful his behavior revealed a true gentleman.