Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Eve -- Polish Wigilia

December 24:
We celebrated Christmas Eve Polish style! In Poland, on Wigilia (Christmas Eve), all people gather and share a special meal. For our St. Louis community, the postulants made pierogi, barszcz czerwony (beet soup), sałatka jarzynowa (vegetable salad), and kutia (poppyseeds, nuts, dried fruit). We also decorated the dining room for Christmas. Before supper, the community prayed the Our Father together, read the Gospel of the Nativity, and shared opłatek (unleavened bread). Each of us received a piece of opłatek and shared it with every other person, thanking them for the past year, asking forgiveness for any wrongs, and giving them wishes for the new year. It is a truly beautiful way to begin our Christmas celebration.

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