All Saints Day Celebration Details

Hi Everyone,

We’ll be celebrating All Saints Day after the service on October 31. Please bring food & drink to share. Below are a couple of recipes that are traditional for the day:

In many old English towns, maids still go “souling” on All Souls’ Eve, that is, singing for cakes, and one hears such ancient ballads as:

Soul! soul! for a soul-cake!
I pray, good misses a soul-cake–
An apple or pear, a plum or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for Him who made us all.

Soul Cakes

1 yeast cake 2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar 6 cups flour
1/4 cup lukewarm water 1 teaspoon salt
1/4 lb. butter 3 teaspoons cinnamon

Dissolve the yeast cake with 1 teaspoon of sugar in the lukewarm water and let it stand in a warm place. Cream the butter with the sugar. Add the milk which has been scalded and slightly cooled and then add the yeast. Sift the flour with the salt and cinnamon and add to the mixture, kneading for a few minutes. Place in a bowl and allow it to rise in a warm place to double its bulk. Shape the dough into round buns and bake at 375 degrees F. for about thirty minutes or until lightly browned. Originally, these cakes were shaped like men and women and were given raisins or currants for eyes.

The never ending circle was common parlance for everlasting life and our passage to it.

2 beaten eggs
1 cup milk
5 tablespoons melted shortening
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Beat the eggs, milk and shortening. Stir in sifted dry ingredients. Roll the dough on a well-floured board until one-fourth inch thick. Cut with doughnut cutter. Fry the doughnuts in deep fat at 370 degrees until brown. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon while still warm.

We’ll also be having a costume contest. It would be really great if we could have everyone dress as a saint, but I understand if you already have costumes that you’ve purchased. Here are a few easy examples:

St. Peter:
You can cut a few large keys out of cardboard, and spray paint it (Peter is always seen holding a key, as in the keys to heaven) and also make a satchel out of fishnet (Walmart fabric store, very cheap). Inside the fishnet, you can put some plastic fish toys and tie it up with string. (Fisherman). A brown clearance fabric can be bought to be used as a drape around the child, pinning it here and there like a cloak.

St. Michael the Archangel: Here, you can use a dress-up armor, or make some out of cardboard -a shield, sword etc. and some wings.

St. Joseph: As he was a carpenter – you could have your child carry some tools, and give him a beard.

Please feel free to invite guests.

With questions, see Erin Caldwell.


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