The Blessing of the Easter Baskets

The blessing of the Easter Basket has been a cherished Christian ritual for centuries among families. The tradition of food blessing at Easter has early medieval roots in Christian society and is said to date from the 7th century in its basic form, the more modern form are said to date from the 12th century. The Christian significance of Easter is symbolized in the foods used for the Holiday feast. Baskets containing a sampling of Easter foods are brought to church to be blessed. The Christian significance of Easter is symbolized in the foods used for the Holiday feast. Baskets are lined with a white cloth and decorated with ribbons and greenery to symbolize spring, renewal, and the Resurrection. Traditionally, the baskets would include: decorated hardboiled eggs (representing Christ’s Resurrection), lamb-shaped butter or sugar (representing Christ as the “Lamb of God“), bread (symbolic of Jesus as the “Bread of Life“), ham (symbolic of great joy and abundance), sausage (symbolic of God’s favor and generosity), smoked bacon (symbolic of the overabundance of God’s mercy), some prefer lamb (representing Christ as the “Lamb of God”), salt (symbolic of prosperity and justice and to remind us “You are the salt of the earth”), cheese (symbolizes the moderation Christians should have at all times), horseradish & pepper (symbolic of the Passion of Christ and the bitter herbs of the Passover). A white candle is often inserted into the basket to represent Christ as the “Light of the World.” Lastly, the basket is cover with linen symbolizing the covering of Christ’s shroud.

Community Cleanup & Breakfast

The Cathedral Area Community Association will hold their annual Community Clean-up Saturday, September 23 from 8:30 AM to noon. They will pick up any items discarded in the back alleys in the area. St. Mary’s will show hospitality to people from the Cathedral Area and from St. Mary’s by serving breakfast starting at 8:30  AM in the lower hall at St. Mary’s. Volunteers are needed to help with breakfast. Please sign the sign-up sheet on the landing or contact Sandra D.

Mom and Tots group

We love to welcome our moms and their little ones to our Mom and Tots Tea group — potluck style. We provide tea and coffee, milk and juice. You are welcome to bring a snack to share. Start on Wednesday, September 13 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

Music to My Ears

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Music To My Ears

Save the date! Thursday September 28, 2017 @ 7.00 p. m. at St. Mary’s. Regina Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players and Organist, Valerie Hall play “Music to My Ears”.  Donations welcomed.  Meet and Greet afterwards in the Upper Hall.

Women’s Time Out

Women’s Time Out begins again for the fall every Thursday from 9:30-11:30. We are picking up where we left off in the spring – on chapter 8 in the book “Becoming a Woman of Grace“. We explore the many ways God’s grace has already enriched our lives and how we can know His grace more fully and extend it to others we meet in our day to day lives. Any women are always welcome to join us. We are still looking for someone who would be willing to babysit for us.