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Friday, March 8, 2013

Lady Sarakosti Poem & Coloring for Great Lent



Quiet Lady Sarakosti, is a custom from long ago,
Our grandmothers used to make her, out of flour and H2O.

She wears a simple nun’s dress, with a cross upon her head, her hands in prayer without a mouth, to keep the fast with mostly bread.

Her feet teach us how to count, the weeks of Lent are seven, we cut one off each Saturday, until Pascha and the new heaven.

**If you make a better translation of the original Greek poem, please share it! This is also my version of a more Monastic Lady Sarakosti drawing with a prayer rope in hand and head veil**

Lady Sarakosti Recipe
2-2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
2-2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon                            
water (as much as needed)        
* Not to be eaten! *

Combine flour, salt and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl and gradually add enough water to form a stiff, but flexible dough. Roll dough out to 1/2" thickness. With a sharp knife cut out the figure as shown above. Cut out two long narrow strips for arms and join at shoulders (wet surface to which arms will be applied). Make slits in dough for fingers.  Mark closed eyelids and noise with pointed object. Wipe entire figure down with a lightly dampened cloth to make shiny. Bake in moderate oven until golden.

5 comments:

Ο ΓΡΑΦΩΝ said...

This is wonderful. She is lovely! Thanks for posting.

Cristina said...

Thank you! It's such a funny way to teach a child the passing of time and the rhythm of the Great Lent.

Anonymous said...

This website was a blessing for me to find! I am a member of my local parish, send my children to Sunday School, Greek School, Greek dance and Greek mommy and me for the youngest. I will share the information with all of my local organizations so, that we may pass down traditions, like the ones represented in your website, to our children. Sas euxaristw Polln!

Ο ΓΡΑΦΩΝ said...

Hi! Just thought you might want to look at what i made, inspired from your post. Thanks so much for sharing the idea! My Sunday school little ones enjoyed her a lot.

http://epistrofiann.blogspot.com/2012/03/blog-post.html

Orthodox Education said...

Dear "Ο ΓΡΑΦΩΝ"
Your work is gorgeous! Very creative. I could never do that ~ Maybe you should consider selling those....I think we'd buy one for Sure!

Kalo Pasxa

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