Red Pascha Eggs: How to make . . .
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1. Purchase and use brown eggs.
2. Wash each egg by hand in a mild solution of water and regular dish soap.
3. Dry thoroughly.
4. Purchase Greek Red dye from a Greek Market/Bakery or on-line.
5. Place eggs in a large pot (I use a Teflon pot, the dye comes out
easily, with hot water and a little bleach) and cover with water, at least
two inches above eggs.
6. Disolve the package of dye in a cup of very hot water and add to
eggs, and add 1 demi tasse (1/2 cup) of red vinegar to the water.
Stir to mix, but not so vigorously that you crack the eggs.
7. Boil the eggs about 10 minutes in the dye solution.
8. Remove eggs and allow to dry. (You may even dip them a second
time, for a darker color, after they have dried and cooled somewhat.
9. When cool enough to handle and dry; and you are not going to dip them
again; take a thick paper towel with a little olive oil on it and
polish each egg.
WHY ARE THE EGGS RED ??
The egg is red, because traditionally in Orthodox Churches on the Eve
of Pascha, at the Resurrection service, red eggs are distributed to the
faithful at the end of the service, in memory of the holy tradition that
St. Mary Magdalene had a basket of eggs while standing under the Cross
of Christ, and some of His sacred blood dripped on them and turned them
red. Sacred Tradition also tells us that St. Mary Magdalene went to
Rome and presented the emperor with a red egg, proclaiming: Christ is
Risen! Since then, even though other colors of eggs are used outside of
church, red ones are always the symbol of Pascha and given to the
faithful at the end of the Resurrection services.
(Yes, eggs were used by many ancient societies as symbols of springtime
new life and rebirth, the Holy Christian Church, as it did with many
other pagan customs, took these customs and "baptizing" them, giving
them a Christian context, symbolism and meaning. The Holy Church has
"baptized" many ancient Jewish and pagan customs, hence making them
Christian, for the edification and enlightenment of the Faithful.)
Kaló Páscha! Happy Pascha!
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> Sacred Tradition also tells us that St. Mary Magdalene went to
> Rome and presented the emperor with a red egg, proclaiming: Christ is
> Risen! Since then, even though other colors of eggs are used
> church, red ones are always the symbol of Pascha and given to theThe variation on that story I heard as a child was that she went
> faithful at the end of the Resurrection services.
before the emperor offering a regular egg (that was the poor person's
tribute, others might bring a chicken or other offering) and
saying "Christ is Risen!" To which he responded, "I can as much
believe that as that the egg you hold would turn red." And it did.