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An excerpt from the Introduction for the REVISED edition:
How is this edition of Come to the Table different? So much has changed since 2004, that I initially planned to retire this title. Instead, I took deep breaths and started editing.

I was guided by requests and corrections made by those who'd already successfully used Come to the Table in a church setting. Thanks to their feedback, commentary has been edited way down and appears in endnotes. You'll also find revision that reflect my ongoing formation, notably what emerged while writing Why Is There a Menorah on the Altar? Jewish Roots of Christian Worship (Seabury).

By 2009, what started out as an intellectual interest became a deeply personal commitment to what I call trans-denominationalism--my fancy pants way of saying: enough already with the man-made divisions among Christians. As a result, Come to the Table has been reconfigured for use by any Christian community whose Holy Week observances would be enhanced by a seder.

Please note that the liturgy in Come to the Table derives structure from but does not replicate the Jewish seder. Our Christian faith makes using the traditional Jewish seder totally inappropriate as well as impossible. Instead, this Christian seder draws upon core Christian concepts and verses from Christian scripture to understand the Last Supper as Last Seder....

For Jews, Passover is a holiday commemorating liberation from bondage as well as God's faithfulness. My hope is that this revised edition of Come to the Table deepens users' appreciation of Judaism and serves as a reminder that Jesus invited everyone to the table. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Come to the Table: A Passover Seder for Parish Use invites faithful, curious Christians to appreciate the Last Supper as a Last Seder for Jesus and his disciples. Since 2005, Come to the Table has been used successfully by Roman Catholic parishes throughout the United States and Canada. Now, in response to enthusiastic requests, it has been revised to help any liturgical congregation called to celebrate the Lord's Supper in His tradition. Includes:
  • Historical and Biblical details about Passover with citation to scripture.
  • The meaning of Passover symbols and their significance relative to Eucharist/Holy Communion.
  • A traditional seder liturgy adapted for Christian use.
  • Hebrew prayers in English.
  • Easy-to-follow instructions for preparing the Passover meal and conducting a seder for small and large groups.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Plowshares Publishing (January 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976396211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976396215
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,200,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Despite academic training that included completing a doctoral dissertation, Meredith Gould never intended to write books. After grinding out academic journal articles during her decade as a Sociology professor, she graduated to writing for regular folk.

An essayist and lifestyle reporter for nearly two decades, Gould was published in magazines and newspapers -- when she wasn't writing public relations blather about pest control and wall coverings. Some sort of strange interior, possibly bio-chemical and definitely psycho-spiritual thing happened after her first book was published in 1998.

"I guess I'm a book author," says Gould, who now has nine published books to her credit. She's also swift to point out that being a mid-list author is hardly lucrative. "Providing digital strategy and editorial services pays the mortgage."

Digital strategy? An early adopter of social media, Gould is a fierce evangelist for its value for building and sustaining community. Her most recent work is focused on how social media can and should be used by faith organizations. To that end, she founded a weekly Twitter-based chat (#ChSocM) that's focused on church social media. (Read more about that: http://churchsocmed.blogspot.com)

For literary relaxation, Gould blogs about the spirituality of everyday life at More Meredith Gould (http://meredithgould.blogspot.com). For even more information, check out her LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/meredithgould. Email from readers is always welcomed!

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M. Hendey VINE VOICE on March 12, 2005
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During this Year of the Eucharist, Catholics looking to more fully appreciate the sacrament while enriching their family or parish celebration of Holy Week should look to the wonderful new book Come to the Table: A Catholic Passover Seder for Holy Week (Plowshares Publishing, January 2005, paperback, 96 pages). Author Meredith Gould, Ph.D., writes from an educated perspective - describing herself as a "Jew by identity, a Christian by faith, and a Catholic in practice". Gould's additional books include The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days and Everyday (Doubleday), which carries the imprimatur of the Catholic Church. As an adult convert to Catholicism, she writes in a manner which will encourage Catholics to examine and embrace the richness of traditional Jewish rituals and symbolism surrounding the feast of Passover.

Having been raised in a Jewish home, Gould opens her book with reminiscences of family Passover celebrations. With many Jewish friends of my own, I have discussed the wonderful family gatherings of this holiday and the memories created through the act of coming together in faith and celebration. I am looking forward to sharing Meredith Gould's Catholic Passover Seder with my own family and friends this year as a part of our Holy Week celebration.

As background information, Gould supplies a history of the rituals and symbols of the traditional Passover feast. An informative and touching section of the book entitled "Reconciliation and Teshuva" comments on the evolving relationship between Jews and Catholics, up to an including recent Papal acts and writings and current events such as reaction to Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Henry E. Schmalen on March 8, 2007
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I found Meredith Gould's book to be extremely helpful in planning our Seder this year. Last year we used a "Christian" version of the traditional Seder Supper but it really did not bring Jesus, Our Lord into the celebration. Ms. Gould's book really takes the Catholic perspective of this Jewish Tradition and blends it beautifully, using the Gospels as a basis. I am really looking forward to celebrating it with the Passion and Resurection in mind. I highly recommend it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Harrigan on March 3, 2005
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I learned a great deal about Passover, the celebration of Seder and its relation to Holy Week from this book. The author presented the material in an interesting manner, with a spiritual message that is ageless. I reread parts of the book three times and thoroughly enjoyed expanding my knowledge and worldview in the process. What is so special about this book, however, is that it enriched my appreciation, as a Catholic, of this holy time of the year. The book also includes all of the information necessary for your family, or a group as large as your parish, to celebrate a Catholic Passover Seder , right down to the necessary preparations. Highly recommended for church groups, pastors, youth leaders, individuals and spiritual seekers of all kinds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg on May 4, 2014
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This is a great resource for a catholic seder. I used it with my bible study class while studying Exodus. It proved to be an extremely enjoyable and educational experience for all of us. Many in the group are looking forward to next year's seder! It is easy to see through this experience how the Mass developed from the early apostles who would have met in their homes for the "breaking of the bread." They would have, of course, used the Passover seder format as their model. Our priest attended our seder also and truly enjoyed the experience and admitted that he gained a greater appreciation for prayers used during the Mass. The only thing missing was the washing of the hands with the blessing. It is mentioned in the book, but no prayers or instructions are given. I did some research and found the prayers and process used during a Passover seder. It gave insight into the part of the Mass where the priest washes his hands.

You will need several copies of the book for people to participate. I will buy more next year so that people do not have to share. I appointed about 5 readers in the group of about 20 and we took turns going around the room reading the "reader" sections. It seemed to work without a problem. Of course, most of those people are lectors so they were use to reading. The others had to look on for the "all" parts. Recommended.
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This book is a great resource for anyone who would like to participate fully in the spirit of Holy Week and would want to see the Last Supper through the eyes of the Apostles. It gives a complete understanding and preparation instructions for the Seder Supper of the Lord.
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