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From Mission Farm Bakery
PASCHAL LAMB EASTER COOKIES
Crafted in Vermont by Mission Farm's resident baker and contemplative Tim Owings, these edible works of art are a feast for the eyes and taste buds. Using wholesome ingredients, he has created a crisp buttery sugar cookie which is subtly flavored with pure vanilla and almond extracts. The Paschal Lamb design is made with a reproduction of a 17th century German cookie mold. The edge of each is finished off with a circle of edible gold and crystallized sugar. Cookies are approx 4" in diameter, and each gift box contains three.
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Easter (called Pascha in the Eastern churches) is the most important religious feast in the Christian liturgical year. According to Christian scripture, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day from his crucifixion; this resurrection is celebrated on Easter Sunday. Easter also refers to the season of the church year called Eastertide or the Easter Season, the period of fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. The first week of the Easter Season is known as Easter Week or the Octave of Easter (Bright Week or Renewal Week in Eastern usage). Easter also marks the end of Lent, a season of fasting, prayer, and penance.
Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the vernal equinox. Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on March 21. The date of Easter in the West therefore varies between March 22 and April 25. Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian Calendar whose March 21 corresponds, during the 21st century, to April 3 in the Gregorian Calendar, in which calendar the celebration of Easter therefore varies between April 4 and May 8. In most years, the Eastern Pascha falls after the Western Easter, and it may be as much as five weeks later; occasionally, the two dates coincide.
Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover not only for much of its symbolism but also for its position in the calendar and, in most languages, its name. Pascha is a transliteration of a Greek word derived from the Hebrew
, both words meaning Passover. The origin of the English term "Easter" comes from the Germanic name for the month in which the Christian feast usually fell, which was named for the pagan goddess Eostre.
Perhaps the earliest extant primary source referencing Easter is a mid-2nd century Paschal homily attributed to Melito of Sardis, which characterizes the celebration as a well-established one. Evidence for another kind of annual Christian festival, the commemoration of martyrs, begins to appear at about the same time. But while martyrs' days were celebrated on fixed dates in the local solar calendar, the date of Easter was fixed by means of the local Jewish lunisolar calendar. This is consistent with the annual celebration of Christ's resurrection having begun during Christianity's earliest, Jewish period.
Mission Farm Bakery: Rutland, Vermont
Mission Farm Bakery is located on the 170 acre property of Church of Our Saviour in Killington, Vermont. The historic Episcopal church was built in 1817. In addition to the church, Mission Farm includes a guest and retreat house, a vicarage, and the bakery, staffed by Tim Owings.
Since 1997 Tim has lived a contemplative life in a log cabin on the church grounds; after a quarter-century as a professional baker he decided to use his energy and talents to produce cookies, cakes and fruit tarts whose sales benefit the ministries of the Church of Our Savior, including a women's shelter. Owings says, "It's satisfying to know I've helped in some small way." In addition to operating the bakery, he is also the church's organist and gardener.
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May 29, 2017 | By betty m.
So good and delicious!
Almost Too Beautiful to Eat
May 13, 2016 | By Jean L.
Very beautiful cookies depicting the triumphant Lamb (Easter Lamb). Great cookies, too. Worth every penny.
Apr 13, 2016 | By Mary
These cookies are complete joys for your taste buds. Their clean and honest and homey taste make you think of your childhood and good times with your family. The joy of Easter is recapitulated on your tongue.
Make an impression!
Mar 25, 2016 | By Maria S.
The friend I sent these to said they were the most impressive cookies she's ever seen!
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