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 Pani's Corner

The reasons behind fasting are several.

  • First and foremost, it is a self-imposed discipline. We do it in order to learn how to say "no" to our impulses. You can think of it like the training done by an athlete.
  • Second, fasting is consciously intended to lower our energy level. The less energy we have, the less energy we have to "sin." (I put that in quotes because in Orthodoxy we have a very dynamic concept of "sin." It doesn’t mean the same thing it means to most people.)
  • Third, the lower energy level makes it much easier to pray.
  • Fourth, we want to remember the poor, and the experience of fasting helps do this. (In fact, we are to use the money we save as "alms"-- not to be given through and to institutions, but to be given personally to disadvantaged persons.)

NEW RECIPES WILL BE COMING SOON!



Enjoy



Pani's Prosfora - the Faithful are welcomed to prepare an offering!

Bread is the basic food for human life and every country and culture has it's own tradition or specialty. Bread is commonly referred to as the staff of life. In April we were busy at the church and in our homes making paska for Easter. This week I would like to talk a little about the most commonly known bread specifically the "church" bread called by many names such as Holy Bread, prosphora, or antidoron. Prosphora is a Greek word for offering. The holy bread is brought as an offering to God and the church, part of which will become the precious Body of our Lord. There is no butter, egg, sugar, shortening, or oil used at all. While working to make it, it is best to keep your mind clear and pure of distracting and evil thoughts by saying appropriate prayers, such as the repetition of the Jesus prayer, "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner". It is also proper to make the sign of the Cross on yourself, the flour and the pan you use to bake on.


Recipe for Prosphora

6 Cups plain white flour

2 ½ cups clear warm water (110 to 115 degrees F.)

1 package of quick rise yeast

1 tsp. Salt
1 prosphoron seal

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add to the flour and salt and knead until smooth, adding as much flour as need to make manageable. Put in a bowl and cover and let rise for 1 hour. When double in size, divide & shape into the sizes you need. Press the seal into the bread and let rise for ½ hour. Place in a pre-heated 350-degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size. Remove from pans, tap off excess flour and let cool on a rack.

Love,
Pani Deb




Saint Michael's Orthodox Church
465 Morris Street
Clymer,PA 15728

Very Rev. R. Michael Zak, Pastor
Phone:(724)254-4343
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