If the weather is good, we blessed the Easter Baskets in the church courtyard the front stairs. We bless in the Church basement if it is raining or if there is a threat of rain.

Symbolism of food in the Blessed Easter Basket

Paska – Christ Risen; Babka – Virgin Mary; Vinegar – Gall; Beets – Stain of sin; Butter – Burial ointment; Pysanky- Resurrection; Meat -Joyful Celebration; Horseradish – Suffering; Salt – God's Grace; Cream cheese – Purity and Goodness; Candle – Light of Life.