Saturday, August 1, 2009

Blessed Lughnasadh

The tide has turned to Lughnasadh, the first harvest is upon us. Patricia Montley honors the feast of bread best with this litany of grains from “In Nature’s Honor.” (slightly adapted here)

Our delight in the taste of seasonal flavors is matched only by our joy in the first fruits of the grain harvest. Let us celebrate the many forms of grain and the richness they bring to our lives.

Let us rejoice in wheat and corn, oats and barley, rye and rice…

Blessed be the bread of the earth!

In whole wheat, cracked wheat, sour dough, and pumpernickel…

Blessed be the bread of the earth!

In French bread, Italian garlic bread, Russian black bread, Irish soda bread and Indian pita bread…

Blessed be the bread of the earth!

In corn pone, corn chips, corn pudding, cornmeal mush, cornflakes…

Blessed be the bread of the earth!

In granola and bagels, muffins and crumpets, scones and croissants, brioche and biscotti…

Blessed be the bread of the earth!

In pancakes and waffles, blintzes and crepes…

Blessed be the bread of the earth!

In donuts and buns, crullers and kolaches, and Danish pastry…

Blessed be the bread of the earth!

In challah and matzoth, won ton and dumplings, tortillas and taco shells…

Blessed be the bread of the earth!

In oatmeal, bran flakes, wheat flakes and grits…

Blessed be the bread of the earth!

In breadsticks and biscuits and rolls…

Blessed be the bread of the earth!

In rice cakes, rice pudding, fried rice and Spanish rice…

Blessed be the bread of the earth!

In saltines, graham crackers, animal crackers, popcorn and pretzels…

Blessed be the bread of the earth!

In spaghetti, macaroni, lasagna, fettuccine, ravioli and pizza…

Blessed be the bread of the earth!

In layer cakes, loaf cakes, shortcake, pound cake, coffee cake and cupcakes…

Blessed be the bread of the earth!

In bread pudding, cookies, pies and tarts, brownies, and baklava…

BLESSED BE THE BREAD OF THE EARTH!

2 comments:

mrsb said...

Happy Lammas!

Kathleen said...

What a Beautiful Blessing xx

Happy Lughnasadh to you ... and Happy Imbolc to me xx