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Sunday, February 27, 2022

Lady Sarakosti Poem & Coloring for Great Lent

This year, we painted on food coloring before baking. Give it a try! 
Lady Sarakosti, is a custom from long ago,
Our yiayias (grandmothers) used to make her,
out of flour and H2O.

She wears a modest nun’s dress, with a cross upon her head,
silently without a mouth she prays,
to fast with fruits, nuts and bread.

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


Athena 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!

Athena 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.


Orthodox Education said...

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

Maria said...

Thanks so much for this!

My husband and I came up with this translation using a bit of yours as well!

The Lady Lent

The Lady Lent is a custom from long ago,

Our grandmothers used to make her out of flour and H2O.

To adorn her they placed a cross upon her head,

But they would forget her mouth because she fasted for Easter ahead.

And the days they counted with her seven legs,

Cutting one off each week until Christ’s Resurrection Day!

AKmamaOf7 said...

I just found your blog tonight on pinterest, I printed out the word find for the kids at church. I also discovered Lady Lent for the first time, this woman makes a yearly calendar (last 2 years) almost like an advent calendar for each day of Lent, she even has fly a kite on day one! I had never heard that before as I grew up Antiochian in Alaska and we hadn't done that, I love it, though! https://www.etsy.com/people/xpictinaki?ref=pr_profile Here is the link to her Etsy shop. I downloaded the picture, but you can order the full sized calendar from her too. Thanks!

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