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Passover - Annual feast commemorating the deliverance of the firstborn in Egypt when the angel of death took all those who did not have blood on the doorpost.

A Jewish Holiday which commemorates the time when the angel of death passed over all of the Jews in Egypt because of the blood of a lamb spread over the doorposts of their houses. Jesus used this image to identify his impending death as the occasion when his blood shed on the cross would cover the sins of his people and would save them from spiritual death. Thus, Christians say in their Eucharistic feasts, "Christ, our Passover, is sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast." (St Michaels)

This is the most important feast of the Jewish calendar, celebrated at the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox. The name "Passover" was derived from the actions of the angel of death as described in the book of Exodus. The angel "passed over" the homes of the Jews which were marked with the blood obtained from a ritual animal sacrifice. The same angel murdered the first-born son and first-born animals of every Egyptian family whose doorway was not so marked. (religious tolerance) .