BLESSING OF EASTER FOOD

Lori ElsassNews

The tradition of having a basket of food blessed by a priest on Holy Saturday expresses our gratefulness to God for all His gifts of both nature and grace.  As a token of this gratitude, we have the food sanctified with the hope that spring, the season of Resurrection, will also be blessed by God’s goodness and mercy. The basket is traditionally lined with a white linen or lace napkin and is covered with a white, embroidered linen representing the Shroud of Christ. The food items in the basket which are eaten at the Easter Sunday breakfast have special significance. Foods typically included in the basket: Eggs, sausage/ham, butter, Easter bread, horseradish/bitter herbs, kielbasa (sausage), salt, pepper, wine, sweets, cheese, vinegar, holy water, a candle to represent Christ, Light of the World and colorful ribbons and greenery; signs of joy and new life in the season of spring and in celebration of the Resurrection.  Join us in the Blessing of Easter Food Holy Saturday, April 20 at 9:30 a.m.