“Easter spells out the beauty, the rare beauty of a new life.”
Here at St Martins, we have an annual Good Friday service, which will take place on Friday 14th April this year. There will be a services in the main church building from 12 midday. Tea Lounge will close early at 2.30pm, due to the bank holiday, and we will have a special menu of all our normal drinks and hot cross buns.
Some fun facts about hot cross buns…
-They signal the end of lent and are symbolic of Jesus dying on the cross and being embalmed (due to the cross on the top, and the mix of spices in the dough).
-There are some interesting beliefs around the hot cross bun, such as if you carry buns on a voyage you will be protected from ship wrecks.
-The tradition of the hot cross bun dates as far back as the 16th Century.
-‘In 1592, Queen Elizabeth I decreed that hot cross buns could no longer be sold on any day except for Good Friday, Christmas or for burials. They were simply too special to be eaten any other day. To get around this, FoodTimeline explains that people baked the buns in their own kitchens—although if they were caught they had to give up all of the illegal buns on their premises to the poor’ (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-great-myths-about-hot-cross-buns-traditional-pre-easter-pastry-180951130/ )
We hope you can join us for a hot cross bun!
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