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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Menu Plan: Bright Week

Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

The translation should say: Christ is risen from amongst the dead, defeating/conquering death by death.

I am also excited because for the first time, I've remembered in time to order our chocolate lambs for our basket. We order them here as we are able to get decent chocolate at a good price and also support monastics. You may remember that we focus on the Lamb, rather than the bunny.

There is no fasting during the eight days of the Paschal Octave, which is both exciting and tough after fasting and abstinence during Lent! Enjoy!

What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up on Saturday.

*You might notice that I call Easter Pascha or Fesach. English and German are the only languages that use a Pagan name for this holiday. It is where much of the syncretism comes. We are not fond of that. Just about every other language in the world uses its word for Passover for this holiday. Pascha is the Greek, Fesach is Arabic. You see Pascua, there is Pascal, Pasquale, and many other variations on this. Since we focus on the Lamb and not the bunny, since the only eggs we do are blood red from both the Jewish Passover and Christian doctrine and tradition, rather than the pastel "spring" eggs, we would also rather avoid the only linguistic connection to Paganism in our celebration. I'm not sure why, but it seems like the English had more trouble with this than other cultures.

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