A New Experience

The Easter service will be online but afterwards we are allowed to drive up to the church and have the priest bless our baskets through the car window.

If somebody ever told me I’d once celebrate my birthday by driving to another town at 3 am with a basket of sausage to get it blessed by a priest. . .

P.S. For those who are completely unfamiliar: it’s an all-night service followed by a feast. The priest blesses the baskets filled with food we’d given up for Lent and then we proceed to eat it immediately. Last year, somebody’s basket had a six-pack of beer and a gigantic bag of something called “Doritos.”

5 thoughts on “A New Experience”

  1. If somebody ever told me I’d once celebrate my birthday by driving to another town at 3 am with a basket of sausage to get it blessed by a priest.
    You had keto meat euphorias and you’ve said there’s nothing you like more than salo and sausage so this tracks.

    I’m guessing many Lenten observers figured that “eschewing human contact outside your house or leaving it for an unspecified number of weeks or months” was more of a sacrifice than “giving up meats, sweets and/or booze for 40 days.”

    Do you think Klara will stay asleep in the car?

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    1. I’m not bringing Klara. Even if she wanted to come and it were healthy to drag kids around at night, I really cherish an opportunity to be alone at least late at night.

      She’s a very sociable kid and right now I’m her only circle of friends. She drains me dry every day.

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  2. ” The priest blesses the baskets filled with food we’d given up for Lent and then we proceed to eat it immediately”

    There’s something similar in Poland święconka, people make decorative baskets with small amounts of various foods (many with symbolic value) and on Saturday (starting late morning until early evening) the church has food blessings every 20 or 30 minutes or so, either people put their baskets on a table or the priest wanders through the crowd sprinkling holy water. People don’t eat the food when they get home though it’s for Sunday breakfast.
    I used to think this was a pan catholic thing but it doesn’t seem to be.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%9Awi%C4%99conka

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    1. Ukrainians drag enormous quantities of food to get blessed. One lady at the church in Montreal brought six 3-liter jars of pickled cucumbers, among other things.

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