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Blessing Your Paschal Baskets

In times when people could not get to Church on Pascha, the Church has provided a prayer for you to bless your Paschal Baskets.

PRAYER FOR THE BLESSING OF PASCHAL FOODS AT HOME

READER: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, risen from the dead, have mercy on us and save us.

CHOIR: Amen. [Sing the Paschal Troparion]

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life! (Thrice.)

READER: O Lord Jesus Christ our God, Who art the Bread of Life and the Giver of all good things, as Thou didst receive and sanctify the ram which the faithful Abraham brought to Thee, and the lamb which Abel offered to Thee as a whole-offering; likewise, also, the fatted calf which Thou didst command to be slain for Thy prodigal son when he returned to Thee: that, as he was counted worthy to delight in Thy good things, so may we also delight in these foods that are sanctified and blessed by Thee for the nourishment of us all. Bless this Paschal bread, these fleshmeats, this cheese, these eggs, and all these other foods, and preserve us in Thy goodness, that, as we partake of them, we may be filled with Thy gifts, ungrudgingly bestowed, and with Thine ineffable goodness.

Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, risen from the dead, have mercy on us and save us.

CHOIR: Amen.

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life! (Thrice.)