The Third Sunday in Lent


Today's Lenten food has already been introduced on our Lenten customs page. If you have not already made pretzels for Lent, today is a good day to do so. The pretzel has been used during Lent for over 1500 years.  It is thought that originally pretzels were made to resemble arms crossed in prayer.  This bread can have deep spiritual meaning for us during Lent.  Since basically only flour and water are used, pretzels can remind us of Lenten fasting.  They are also reminders of the call to deeper prayer which we hear at Lent.  Here is a recipe which the whole family or a church school class can make together.  Why not invite friends to an afternoon of pretzel making and prayer?

Soft Pretzels

Dissolve 1 cake of yeast in 1 cups of water.
Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
Blend in 4 cups of flour.

Knead the dough until smooth.  Cut into small pieces. Roll into ropes and twist into desired shape. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Brush pretzel with beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse salt.  Bake immediately at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Pretzel Prayer

Heavenly Father, we ask you to bless these little breads.  Each time we eat them, may we be reminded of the special season of prayer and fasting that we are keeping.  May they remind us of our need to come closer to you in prayer.  May they remind us of those in need.  Keep your loving arms around us, O Father, to protect us always, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


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