Blessing of Easter Baskets in Portland
One of the most beloved traditions for Polish Catholics, dating back to the early history of Poland, will be renewed with the blessing of Easter baskets at St. Louis Church on 279 Danforth Street in Portland on Holy Saturday, April 8, at noon.
Święconka is the blessing of the Easter baskets. A priest will bless the baskets which are filled with items that will be used in Easter meals, including meat, bread, butter, salt, and eggs.
Many Polish Catholics take special pride in preparing a decorative and tasteful basket and observing the creativity of other parishioners is one of the special joys of the event. The baskets are often adorned with ribbons and flowers, and as is tradition, most were lined or covered with white linen cloths, some crocheted or embroidered.
All are invited to bring their baskets to be blessed.