Carrying on a beloved tradition that dates back to the early history of Poland, Easter baskets will be blessed at noon on Holy Saturday at St. Louis Church, 279 Danforth Street in Portland. Father Kevin Upham, a parochial vicar of the Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes, will bless the baskets and the items they contain, many of which hold symbolic, religious meaning. Bread is a sign of Jesus, who is the Bread of Life; salt represents prosperity and justice and reminds people that they are the flavor of the earth; eggs indicate new life and Christ’s resurrection from the tomb; ham symbolizes great joy and abundance; kielbasa is a sign of generosity; sweets, such as chocolate, suggest the promise of eternal life and the sweetness of things to come; and horseradish is symbolic of the passion of Christ but is sweetened with sugar representing the resurrection.
Many Polish Catholics take special pride in preparing the baskets, adorning them with ribbons and flowers. They are also traditionally covered or lined with white linen cloths, some crocheted or embroidered.
St. Louis Church is the only Polish Catholic Church in the Diocese of Portland. It was built by Polish immigrants in 1924.
The basket blessing is a beautiful, prayerful way to begin your Easter weekend, and of course, you don't have to be Polish to bring a basket and participate. All are invited to attend.
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