Jan 072012

Merry Christmas : Today is The Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord

Today is the official end of the Christmas season with the first part of Ordinary time beginning tomorrow. This solemnity celebrates the beginning of Jesus public life. We also celebrate the first recorded working of the Trinity in the Christian Scriptures.

Today is a great day to be baptized and an even better day to renew your baptismal promises.

  • Do you reject sin, so as to live in the freedom of God’s children?
  • Do you reject the glamour of evil, and refuse to be mastered by sin?
  • Do you reject Satan, father of sin and prince of darkness?
  • Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth?
  • Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?
  • Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?

God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven our sins. May God also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ forever and ever.

Today’s Readings

   First Reading : Isaiah 42:1-7

   Responsorial Psalm : Psalm 29:1-4, 3, 9-10

   Second Reading : Acts 10: 34-38

   Gospel : Mark 1:7-11

“Be careful to give no credit to yourself for anything; if you do, you are stealing from God, to whom alone every good thing is due.” ~ Saint Vincent de Paul

Recipe: Christ’s Diapers

Christ's DiapersWhat better way to celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord then making cookies. These cookies are sometimes shaped in bowknots or other fancy shapes, but for Christmas they are made in a shape suggestive of the swaddling clothes of the infant Jesus. Yes, I know He was Baptized as an adult and He did not wear diapers then. This is a Greek recipe, blame them for the name!

  • 6 eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Grated rind of 1 orange
  • Vegetable Oil or shortening for deep frying
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Chopped pistachio nuts
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • With an electric beater, beat the eggs until light and fluffy.
  • Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Gradually stir the flour into the eggs.
  • Turn the dough onto an unfloured board. Add the olive oil, a little at a time, and the grated orange rind. Knead the dough until it is smooth—about 10 minutes.
  • Roll the dough out paper thin on a well-floured board. Cut it into squares about 1 1/2 inches across. Fold these into triangles, then join the ends to form diapers. Press the corners together gently but firmly. (If you don’t press the corners well, the diapers will come undone!)
  • Drop the diapers, a few at a time, into hot fat (360º-370º F. on a deep-fat-frying thermometer). Turn once or twice and fry until golden brown.
  • Drain thoroughly on paper towels.
  • Bring the honey and water slowly to a boil in a saucepan.
  • Stir in the cinnamon and lemon juice.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Dribble the honey syrup over the diapers, and sprinkle them with chopped pistachios, then with confectioners sugar.
  • When the diapers are fully dry, pack them in a tin and cover tightly. These keep well, if well covered.

Makes four dozen.

Recipe Source: Continual Feast, A by Evelyn Birge Vitz, Ignatius Press, San Francisco , 1985

Our Journey Ends Here

Thank you for joining me on this journey through Christmastide. Each year, Christmas has a different meaning for me. There is that excitement of a youth wondering what I was going to get, the year of despair when I found about Santa, the teen years trying to relate to my parents, the years after I made a commitment to Christ and Advent took on new meaning, the years as a parent, the first year with an adult child going through what I did, the year when my parents did not want to host Christmas anymore because of their health, and now hosting Christmas for my adult children and in-laws.

In the end, Christmas is as it always has been; it’s all about the birth of child who would save the world from iitself

Merry Christmas!!