Dec 12, 2017
Back by popular demand, we are offering OPLATKI (Christmas wafers) available for purchase at the parish office. You are invited to take one, bring it home and then share it with your family on Christmas Eve. The wafer is a special way to commemorate the past with the present and remember your loved ones both near and far. Suggested donation is $3.00 but not required.
The tradition of OPLATKI originated in Poland during Early Christian times. This Christmas custom began with a simple white wafer, baked from flour and water. The wafers are wonderfully designed to display Christmas images such as the Nativity. The Oplatki are enjoyed by families, typically right before the Christmas Eve meal. The entire family gathers around the table with the Oplatki. Generally the eldest member of the family will begin the ritual by breaking off a piece of the wafer and passing it to the other family members with a blessing. The blessing can simply consist of what you desire for your loved one in the upcoming year.
The significance of the Oplatki Christmas wafer is that it shadows the Eucharistic Meal that Catholics participate in each Mass. Just as we share in the Eucharist as one family in Christ and receive Christ’s love through the Eucharist, the Oplatki allows for one’s immediate family to come together and share the love they have for one another. More information about the traditions of the Oplatki Christmas wafer may be found by clicking here.