Parish of the
Good Shepherd, Woodthorpe
St Anthony's of Calverton
Ceremony of Swieconka
ON HOLY SATURDAY EACH YEAR, the Polish faithful of the Parish bring their Easter Baskets (Ceremony of Swieconka), containing a sampling of Easter breakfast foods, to the church of the Good Shepherd, Nottingham, to be blessed by Canon Philipp Ziomek. T his is one of the most beloved Polish traditions on Holy Saturday. Each member of the family has a bite of all the blessed foods after Holy Mass on Easter Sunday. This is followed by a great feasting of salamis, eggs, salads and cakes.

The contents of the basket are symbolic -

A Yeast Cake (Babka): Reminiscent of the Risen Lord.

Colourful dyed eggs: Symbolise hope in Christ's Resurrection and new life.

Bread: Symbolic of Jesus, the Bread of Life.

A Lamb figure: Represents The Paschal Lamb.

Horseradish: Symbolises the bitterness and harshness of the Passion of Jesus.

Salt: A necessary element of our physical life and to preserve us from corruption.

Polish Salami (Kielbasa): Indicative of God's mercy and generosity.

Sprigs of Greenery: Represents joy in Spring and the Resurrection & finally some Spring Flowers.

Parish newsletter : 11 April 2021
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