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Blessing of the Easter Basket

When my mother was growing up, she would prepare an Easter
basket with her mother the day before Easter. The basket
contained Polish sausage, hard boiled eggs which symbolized new
life, a pound cake molded into the shape of a lamb, a pound of
butter shaped into the form of a lamb (the shape of the lamb
reminds us of Christ being sacrificed like a lamb), and homemade
bread with a cross cut into it (the cross symbolized the
crucifixion of Jesus). After all of these foods were made and put
into the basket, they carried the basket to Church on Holy
Saturday. At the Church, the priest would bless the basket of
food with Holy Water and say prayers. Then the basket of food was
taken home and eaten the next day on Easter Sunday. This food
basket was the base of that year's Easter Sunday dinner.

Submitter comment: Our family still practices this custom of blessing the Easter
Basket only in Chicago, Illinois when we go to visit our Polish
grandparents. They live in a Polish dominated area of Chicago and
we all attend the Polish church down the street. The Mass is said
completely in Polish, and then the priest will bless all of the
Easter Baskets for the people.

Keyword(s): Polish Easter

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