One of the traditions in our house is to have some sort of roasted meat on Holy Thursday. We aren’t lamb eaters; although I do love Lamb Gyros. Kiddo has to be in the mood for a Lamb Gyro, and Hubby says no way. He’s not really keen on strong flavors.
We’ve done the whole Christian Seder twice now. Once at a church gathering, and once at home. I find the prayers and symbolism moving. But then again, it is symbolism and tradition that draws me ever closer to my Catholic Faith. I understand the meaning behind all that we do, and it resonates within me.
The year that we participated at a Church Seder; Hubby and I were chosen as two of the twelve. There is noting more humiliating than to have your Priest, someone you hold in high regard, get down on his knees and wash your feet. It is something I shall never forget.
These days, our Holy Thursday is much more simplified. The table is set, we light candles, read scripture, then sit down to a simple roasted meal and flat breads.
The Events of Holy Thursday
On Holy, or Maundy, Thursday, in an upper room, Jesus and His disciples shared the Last Supper. On this day, Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, and broke break with them for the last time.
After the meal, the disciples accompanied Jesus to the Garden at Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed in agony. “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel came to strengthen Jesus in the garden. By example, He taught us what to do when we come to the end of our own strength, turn to the Father for strength even in the most difficult of times.
On that Thursday Jesus gave His disciples a new commandment, the most important of all.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another.” – John 13:34
We are asked to love unconditionally, to love with sacrifice and selflessness. If the world puts others before themselves, then no one is last, no one is forgotten, no one is left alone. Even in these trying times unselfish love makes miracles possible.
One-Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables
4 Chicken Quarters
1 lb Baby Red Potatoes
1 lb Baby Yellow Potatoes
1 cup Baby Carrots
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup White Wine
1 teaspoon Roasted Garlic Powder
1/4 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
Fresh Parsley, chopped for garnish
Separate the chicken quarters at the joint, for four legs and four thighs. Set aside. Scrub the potatoes well, pat dry and set aside.
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray the paper generously with a heavy coating cooking spray.
In a glass measuring cup, whisk together the oil, wine and seasonings. Whisk vigorously to emulsify.
Place the potatoes and carrots into a large mixing bowl. Pour half of the seasoned oil over the vegetables. Toss to coat evenly.
Lay chicken quarters on the prepared pan. Pour remaining half of the seasoned oil over the chicken pieces. Message into the skin using your finger tips.
Pour the vegetables out onto the pan with the chicken. Arrange chicken and vegetables evenly in a single layer in the pan.
Place in the heated oven, roast for about an hour or until chicken is fully cooked, juices run clear and the vegetables are fork tender.
While the chicken roasts, rinse parsley. Pat dry, then chop for a decorative garnish.
Remove the pan from the oven, sprinkle with parsley. Serve directly from the pan, or transfer to platters for a more elegant setting.