Today is Lazarus Saturday in the Orthodox Christian Church. It is the day before Palm Sunday and marks the beginning of Holy Week. The day celebrates the miracle of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, showing His divine power and foreshadowing His own resurrection at Pascha (Easter). In the Greek Orthodox tradition, it is customary to make Lazarakia (Lazarus Bread). These are small sweet breads made in the shape of Lazarus in his burial shroud. This year, DH and I made them for the first time and shared them at church today. I would like to give a special thanks to Sylvia at Adventures of an Orthodox Mom for the recipe, as well as for answering my email and giving me moral support! Here are a few pictures:
The dough ready to form into shapes.
Little Lazarus men ready to go into the oven.
The finished bread cooling.
Ready to take to church to share.
At church, ready for blessing of the breads.