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Celebrating Passover

oil on canvas painting of a table laid for a Passover meal, Mathilde Hahn Meyer 1910

This week, as many observe Passover, all of us at Mildmay Hospital would like to extend our warmest wishes to our patients, staff, and the wider community.

Passover is a significant Jewish holiday that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. At its heart, Passover is a celebration of freedom. The story of the Exodus reminds us that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope for liberation. This message of hope is significant in a hospital setting, where patients may be facing their own challenges.

Passover is traditionally observed through a special meal called a Seder. During the Seder, families and friends gather to share symbolic foods and tell the story of the Exodus. Each element of the Seder plate represents a part of the story, reminding participants of the hardships endured and the ultimate freedom achieved. The first Passover Seder begins at sundown on Monday, April 22.

We at the chaplaincy recognise that Passover may be a difficult time for some of our patients who are unable to celebrate traditionally. However, we hope that the message of freedom and hope resonates with everyone, regardless of their faith background.

We wish you all a peaceful and meaningful Passover.



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