The purpose of the pretzels is this:
Pretzels are a reminder to pray during Lent...
Early Christians often stood or kneeled with arms
crossed over their chests while praying. The
monks, to remind the children to pray during
Lent, twisted bread dough to resemble praying
arms. This bread was called "little arms"
brachellae, later brezel, and then pretzel.
If you'd like to do this activity at home, the recipe is short and easy!
Loaf of frozen bread dough
Egg yolk - with a tablespoon of water (1 per each loaf of bread you use)
Directions: Thaw a loaf of frozen bread dough. Let the dough rise according to the directions on the package. Divide the dough in half and place on a floured board (we did our dividing after we had it on the board). Cut each half into about 8 pieces. Between your hands roll each strip into about an 18 inch rope. Shape into pretzels and place them on a greased cookie sheet. Brush the tops of the pretzels with beaten egg yolk mixed with a tablespoon of water. Sprinkle with coarse sat. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
Gracious God, we ask you to bless these pretzels which we are about to eat. Each time we eat pretzels this season may we be reminded Lent is a time for prayer. Help us to rememberto pray each day. We pray in Jesus' name, Amen.