Dear members of Holy Trinity Monastery Community!
Based on the inspiration of the Eldress Agatha below, considering the difficulty of gathering at this time and having consulted with the fathers, the following suggestion is offered for blessing of Paschal baskets.
Between midnight and dawn on Pascha morning sing as many Paschal hymns as you know. Then sing Christ is Risen three times, each time sprinkling your basket with Holy Water. I will read the blessing for Paschal foods here at the monastery and pray that though the Holy Spirit the blessing descends upon your baskets.
Greetings on the upcoming Great Feast!
Love in Christ,
+ Bishop Luke
From Russia’s Catacomb Saints, the life of Eldress Agatha of Belo-Russia:
When absolutely no priests remained for hundreds of miles, and Pascha
came, people turned to Matushka with a question: how and where can we have
our kulichi and other paschal food blessed? She gave the following answer;
Go into the forest, and when it will be midnight, begin to sing, *Thy Resur¬
rection, O Christ Saviour . . .’, 'Christ is Risen’, and other paschal hymns, which
are usually sung by the choir, and put the kulichi (sweet paschal bread) on the
ground and let them stay there until dawn, and when the morning dew will
descend upon them, then you shall know that they have been already blessed.