It is a BVMC parish tradition to bring food to be served at our Easter dinners to church on Holy Saturday in a basket for blessing. This year the blessing will occur on April 3rd at 9am. The following is a list of the typical items that go into the baskets and their symbolism, though
every family has their own variations and traditions that are important to them. Holy Saturday is also the time when the new holy water is made for the year, so be sure to bring a small container with you if you would like to bring some home.
- Butter INCLUDED - This dairy product is often shaped into a lamb or a cross. This reminds us of the good will of Christ that we should have towards all things.
- Easter Bread INCLUDED - This loaf is symbolic of Jesus, who is the Bread of Life.
- Horseradish INCLUDED - Symbolic of the Christ’s suffering.
- Candle INCLUDED - Represents Christ as the Light of the World.
- Salt INCLUDED - A necessary element in our physical life. Symbolic of justice and prosperity and to remind us that people are the flavor of the earth.
- Eggs decorated with symbols of Easter, of life, of prosperity - new life and Christ'sIndicates Resurrection from the tomb.
- A ham or sausage product, symbolic of God's favor and generosity.
- Cheese - Symbolic of the moderation Christians should have at all times.
- Colorful Ribbons and Sprigs of Greenery - are attached to the basket as signs of joy and new life in the season of spring and in celebration of the Resurrection.