"God made us for joy. God is joy, and the joy of living reflects the original joy that God felt in creating us." (St. John Paul the Great)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Hot Cross Buns and Good Friday Tea

I've always wanted to make Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday.

The kids were sleepy this morning, so I did.

And, thanks again, to the inspiration of Jessica and Alice,
after we attended the Good Friday liturgy at the University,
we celebrated our second Lenten tea.

The King’s Crown
"And Pilate asked Him, 'Are you the King of the Jews?'
And He answered him, 'You have said so.'"

Mark 15:2

(cream cheese, refried beans, and melted cheddar
with "crown" of tortilla chips)

Out of Envy
"[H]e perceived that it was out of envy
that the chief priests had delivered Him up."

Mark 15:10


The Water Bowl
“Pilate took water and washed his hands before the crowd,
saying, 'I am innocent of this righteous man's blood.'"
Matthew 27:24

The Purple Cloak
"And they clothed Him in a purple cloak . . . ."
Mark 15:17

(grape fruit leather)

The Crown of Thorns
". . . and, plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on him."
Mark 15:17

(Ritz crackers with creamy peanut butter
and pretzel piece "thorns")

Golgotha Eggs
"And they brought Him to the place called Golgotha
(which means the place of the skull)."

Mark 15:22

(hard-boiled eggs)

The Seamless Garment
"But the tunic was without seam,
from top to bottom;
so they said to one another,
'Let us not tear it,
but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.'"

John 19:23-24

(tortilla "tunics" and mozzarella cheese cube "die")

The Two Robbers
"And with Him they crucified two robbers,
one on His right and one on His left."
Mark 15:27

(basil leaves)
[According to The Herb Society of America,
legend has it that the basil plant grew
around the site of Christ's crucifixion.
The Victorian Language of Flowers lists basil as
symbolic of both hatred and best wishes.
The taunting thief and the good thief come to mind.]

Vinegar to Drink
"And one ran and, filling a sponge full of vinegar,
put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink,
saying 'Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take Him down.'"
Mark 15: 36

(balsamic vinegar)

Temple Curtain
"And the curtain of the Temple was torn in two,
from top to bottom."
Mark 15: 38

The Roman Centurion
"And when the centurion, who stood facing Him,
saw that He thus breathed His last,
he said, 'Truly this man was the Son of God.'"
Mark 15:39

(100 tomato halves,
eaten with the cheese cubes, basil, and vinegar)

Laid in the Tomb
"And he brought a linen shroud, and taking Him down,
wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid Him in a tomb
which had been hewn out of the rock;
and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb."
(Mark 15:46)

(lemon poppyseed muffins with raspberry jelly)

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