Blessing of the Baskets

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 11:00am to 3:30pm
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Come to Trinity, Holy Saturday to have your Basket Blessed with us: Saturday April 19, 11:00 AM, 12:00 Noon, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM

Blessing of the Baskets on Easter Vigil – An Easter Tradition

“Blessing of the Baskets” will take place Holy Saturday, April 19, at 11 AM, 12 Noon, 1 PM, and 3 PM. Bring your baskets, filled with a sampling of your Easter meal, or your childerens' Easter baskets, to the church to be blessed. The food basket is usually lined with a white linen or lace napkin and decorated with sprigs of evergreen, traditionally boxwood.

The foods included in the basket should be a just a small portion, such as a single hardboiled egg, a small piece of ham and bread. According to tradition, the blessed food should remain untouched until either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. While not historically part of the tradition, you are also welcome to bring your family’s Easter Baskets, complete with candy, to be blessed.

Historical Perspective

The blessing of a basket of Easter foods is a tradition that dates back to early Christian history. The foods in the basket represent life and Christ’s resurrection (egg), joy and abundance (ham), hospitality or purification (salt), Jesus (bread), the bitter sacrifice of Christ (horseradish) and the blood of sacrifice spilled by Christ at the crucifixion (wine, optional).

One of the best-known Easter symbols, the egg, has stood for renewed life since ancient times. Today many people still decorate Easter eggs with colors and fancy patterns. This dates back to ancient Egypt and Persia during their new year's celebration, which, like Easter, came in the spring.

All are welcome to come to Trinity Episcopal Church Holy Saturday to have your Basket Blessed with us: Saturday April 19, 11:00 AM, 12:00 Noon, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM