What foods can be consecrated at Easter? We collect the Easter basket
Every year, on a spring afternoon, on Easter, on the streets of cities and villages, you can see the traditional picture - a string of believers heading to the temples for the consecration of products. Everyone in the handsEaster basketcarefully prepared and decorated. And if we all know about its filling - let's clarify.
Easter basket contents
What should the Easter basket be filled with, what products do you have to consecrate to the temple?
Of course, we always know that the main symbols of the Easter holiday - Easter cakes and painted eggs - are always consecrated.
And what meat and dairy products should be put in a basket, why do some people take horseradish and salt, is it possible to consecrate spirits?
Easter cake for Easter
Today, many traditions of our ancestors began to be forgotten. This is not surprising - the rhythm of life is completely different. Not every modern housewife bakes Easter cakes for Easter and makes Easter cheesecakes.Many prefer to buy festive Easter baked goods.
It can, of course, be sanctified, but what could be better than a rich, lush homemade pascha, in which a piece of the soul of the mother of the family is embedded?
Kulichi made stove on Pure Thursday or Saturday, but in no case should you do it in a hurry, simply because it is necessary. Only with love, bright and pure thoughts and care for loved ones.
And if there is no possibility to bake itEaster cakes, than buying ready-made, ask relatives or girlfriends to give you one cookie for consecration in the temple.
What kind of Easter basket without eggs - they symbolize rebirth, a new life, the Bright Resurrection of Christ.
Today, as soon as they do not decorate the eggs - and beads, and lace, and stickers. But it is rather decorative and gift options.
The Easter basket must contain colored eggs, which after consecration in the temple can be eaten.
In some families, the tradition of making eggs has been preserved - to paint raw eggs with different patterns, each of which has its own special meaning. Easter eggs are presented to loved ones with the best wishes, kept in the family as a talisman.
It is a good tradition when the Easter basket is decorated with painted flowers and painted eggs - the most elegant and beautiful.
Meat and dairy products
With the end of Lent, after a long abstinence from skoromnoy food during the Easter dinner, you can break the fast with sausage, lard, cheese.
When the Easter basket is going, these products are also put into it. It is better, of course, when the hostess herself prepares homemade delicacies - appetizing sausage, boiled pork, bacon.
But blood sausage can not be carried to sanctify in any case. The church generally does not welcome its use in food.
On the Easter holiday, the hostess is not at all right to stand at the stove, so meat delicacies are just what it is good to serve on the table.
A piece of cheese, a little butter and cottage cheese can also be sanctified. Do not forget the important thing - the Easter basket is not dimensionless. Carrying supplies to the whole company is useless.
Put a little of the allowed products, and at the festive table everyone will get a piece of consecrated food - cut the cheese and sausage into thin slices. But the painted eggs, of course, it is better to put in a basket by the number of family members. Kulichi for Easter is also not worth carrying to consecrate all 25 pieces, enough for a couple.
Salt and horseradish
So, the Easter basket is almost ready. Why put salt and horseradish into it, and is it necessary? Remember the words of Jesus Christ: “You are the salt of the earth”? Believers should strive to justify their purpose, to preserve the purity of the soul and thoughts. Salt symbolizes the connection between man and God.
And for centuries it serves as a talisman in families, it welcomes guests, it is indispensable in our diet. So the little salt shaker should be placed in the Easter basket.
But the root of horseradish has a double meaning - on the one hand, a reminder of the Savior's torments for the sake of saving the human race from sins, and on the other - a symbol of the invincibility of the spirit.
Spirits - yes or no?
The Easter basket should not contain strong alcohol, and there can be no different interpretations here. Neither vodka, nor brandy, nor other strong drinks are sanctified in the temple.
The only thing that is allowed (and even then not in all the temples) is to consecrate a bottle of Cahors.
Easter basket decoration
A wicker basket in which we carefully place the products for consecration may look completely different. Decorated with love, it will please the eye.
Choose the most beautiful towel, and if it is embroidered with your own hands, it is generally excellent.Each item has its own meaning, and the towel, woven of threads, serves as a symbol of life and eternity.
We lay the rushny bottom of the basket and fold the products -painted eggsEaster cakes, sausage and everything else. From above we will cover all with the embroidered napkin or an elegant towel.
A beautiful Easter basket is necessarily decorated with flowers, green branches, ribbons, souvenirs and decorations are put into it that can be pre-made for Easter with children: decorative eggs, candles, chickens.
A constant and very important attribute, without which the Easter basket will not be complete, is a wax candle. It is even better if there are several candles - of course, church ones, consecrated in the temple. Candles must be lit before the priest sprinkles the contents of the parishioners baskets with holy water.
Wax candle as a symbol of light and adorn your festive Easter table.
When is it customary to sanctify foods? In some temples this is done on the evening service of Great Saturday. But most believers hurry to the cathedrals and small churches on Sunday morning. People greet each other with joyful “Christ is Risen!”, Hearing in response the life-affirming “Truly Risen!”.
Decorative Easter Basket
A small cute Easter basket can serve as a decoration for a festive table, an element of home decor, and a gift for loved ones.
They are made of wicker, cardboard, fabrics, threads - anything! And decorating ideas are just mass: painted eggs, natural and artificial flowers, figurines, pebbles, candles, Easter wreaths, ribbons, sweets, fruits, willow twigs ... A wax candle in the center will crown the composition.
And the Easter basket can be ... edible. Skilled craftswomen have learned to bake them - it turns out very festive, unusual, beautiful and tasty! How to bake a basket - you will find out by watching this video: