Gather family and friends for pretzel baking. Your house will smell wonderful and you'll have a soul feast!
In the 5th century, in the region between France and Italy, a monk was playing with dough left over from the daily baking. While he was playing he came up with a unique twist that looked like arms crossed in prayer. This baked "pretiola" was given to children as a reward for their reverence. The treat spread to other monasteries over the Alps into Austria and Germany where it came to be known as the "pretzel". Pretzels became more popular with time and even became a symbol in marriage (broken like a wishbone at the ceremony), They became associated with lent, since they contain no oil or fat, ingredients that ran low in northern pantries toward the end of winter and came to be associated with lenten fasting.
Wash your hands and clean your kneading surface!
Please bless us as we share these pretzels.
Wrap your love around us
and hold us tight
as we learn to pray and to share. AMEN