Blessing of Easter Food 2014

Holy Saturday 19 April 2014

10 a.m.                Carlow, Cathedral of the Assumption

10 a.m.                Kilcock Co. Kildare, St. Coca’s Church

11 a.m.                Clane Co. Kildare, St. Patrick’s & St. Brigid’s Church

11 a.m.                Tullow Co. Carlow, Most Holy Rosary Church

12.00 noon         Edenderry Co. Offaly, St. Mary’s Church

12.30 p.m.           Portlaoise Co. Laois, Church of St. Peter and Paul

3 p.m.                  Newbridge Co. Kildare, St. Conleth’s Church

4.30.p.m.             Naas Co. Kildare, Church of Our Lady & St. David

8.30 p.m.             Borris Co. Carlow, Sacred Heart Church

Blessing of Easter food – Polish tradition

The blessing of food at Easter is a very old custom in the Church.

It recalls the truth expressed by St. Paul the Apostle in these words: “Whether you eat or drink, whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor 10, 31).

Eating a meal is a sacred act, a sign of unity and friendship. That is why our ancestors and we also pray before and after our meals.

Every year at Easter the great feast of the Resurrection, we bring food to the church to be blessed. Lent is over, our fasting is over. We rejoice with the Risen Christ as we come together to share this blessed food – bread, meat, sausages, sweets, eggs which are a sign of new life and salt which preserves us from corruption.