Christmas Wafers Available at the Rectory
The breaking of the Christmas wafer is a custom that began in Poland in the 10th century and is practiced by people of Polish ancestry around the world . It is considered the most ancient and beloved of Polish traditions
The unleavened wafers are baked from pure wheat flour and water, are rectangular in shape and very thin; they are identical in composition to the round wafers that become the Host after the Consecration during Mass.
Before partaking of the Christmas Eve meal, the family gathers around the table. The eldest member holds a large wafer and breaks off a piece to begin the ritual. The remaining wafer is passed on to another member while a prayer for loved ones is said. This continues until everyone at the table has a piece of the wafer. Finally, the family members consume their share quietly.
Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will be on Monday, December 9. Please see schedule in bulletin!