DPPL 150: Blessing of the Family Table

STA altar at night smallNo true festival is celebrate without companionship over food and drink. This is essential to the very definition of festivity.

150. The Easter liturgy is permeated by a sense of newness: nature has been renewed, since Easter coincides with Spring in the Northern hemisphere; fire and water have been renewed; Christian hearts have been renewed through the Sacrament of Penance, and, where possible, through administration of the Sacraments of Christian initiation; the Eucharist is renewed, so as to speak: these are signs and sign-realities of the new life begun by Christ in the resurrection.

And some would dismiss “singing a new Church.”

Among the pious exercises connected with Easter Sunday, mention must be made of the traditional blessing of eggs, the symbol of life, and the blessing of the family table; this latter, which is a daily habit in many Christian families that should be encouraged (Cf. Order of Blessings, 782-784, 806-807), is particularly important on Easter Sunday: the head of the household or some other member of the household, blesses the festive meal with Easter water which is brought by the faithful from the Easter Vigil.

Many people I know bring blessed water home–not just at Easter. I remember when I served in the Chicago area and I was first exposed to the widespread tradition of bringing foods to church for a blessing. I didn’t see it much before then. I don’t know how different the home blessing would have been.

The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy is online at the Vatican site.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to DPPL 150: Blessing of the Family Table

  1. Liam says:

    “And some would dismiss “singing a new Church.””

    FWIW, there’s some resentful elder brother energy in that aside….

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