'Home-from-home' for Polish Catholics at Easter Blessing of Food
The Blessing of Food is of Slavonic origin, a custom cultivated in Polish catholic homes, passed from generation to generation.
On Easter Saturday, Polish Catholics at home and abroad visit their local churches with baskets of food ready to be blessed and enjoyed with their loved ones on Easter Sunday.
Each basket is decorated with flowers, greenery and ribbons and the contents are traditional and always include eggs, bread, meat Salt and Horseradish which all have special meanings.
The event has been held at St Joseph's Church in London Road since 2006.
Father Padraig Faughnan said that by holding the event at St Joseph's Church, they were creating "a little home-from-home for the Polish parishioners by embracing the tradition".
He added that it had become a "truly moving gathering attended by not only the Polish community, but also enjoyed by the broader Catholic community."