Monday, August 2, 2021 UTC

PREPARING A TRADITIONAL PASCHA BASKET & BLESSING YOUR PASCHA BASKET AT HOME

Christ is Risen! Christos Voskrese! Indeed, He is Risen! Voistinu Voskrese!

Pascha Sunday of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord is a day of joyful celebration. The celebration includes the Blessing of the Pascha Baskets which contain foods not eaten during the Great Fast. These include meats, eggs, cheese, butter, rich breads, wine, sweats and become the foods of the Easter Banquet. Each basket is covered with a cloth usually embroidered with the words “Christ is Risen”. The contents of the basket vary from family to family depending on family tradition. If you would like to participate and have your basket blessed at church on Pascha Sunday, the following is a  suggestion for a customary basket in the Byzantine tradition or you may fill your baskets with what is important in your tradition. Pascha-Basket-w-Lamb-Butter

If you would like to bless your Pascha Basket at home with your Blessed Holy Water, “the Paschal Matins book contains versions of the blessings of Paschal foods which may be prayed by any Christian. While not a priestly blessing, it reminds us that all Christians are empowered by their baptism to bless and thank God for all He has done for us.” You can find the blessing here: BLESSING OF PASCHA