|Deacon Pat with his helper, Ben. Maybe he'll be a priest someday! :) Ben loved holding the Holy Water!|
|Blessing of the bakers hands. The work they do with their hands providing such sacred food, such as bread, is holy. Clint, my husband, is the third one from the left.|
|Mine and my sister's kids in front of the "alter".|
|Deacon Pat blessing the offices.|
|Blessing of the ovens.|
|The kids feasting on cokes and pie! :)|
|St. Elizabeth of Hungary- Patron Saint of Bread Bakers. A daughter of a King who devoted her life to giving bread to the poor.|
|Blessing of the baker began outside. When then proceeded throughout the bakery where he blessed each room as well as the baking equipment.|
Our employees are mainly Hispanic. These people are Christ for me. Their faith and devotion is so inspiring.They put together the most beautiful alter with flowers, candles and pictures of Jesus, the Blessed Mother and St. Elizabeth of Hungary. I cried when I saw it.....it was so beautiful and humbling. Employees who were off work yesterday, came and brought flowers for the alter and also eager to receive a blessing. We live in a world where speaking of religion in the workplace is considered a lawsuit threat. My theory is, if we can't share our faith values in the business God has provided for us, then what is it worth? We are to work for the Kingdom of God and sharing our faith and showing our dependence on prayers and intercession from Heaven is working for the Kingdom. You will see in one of the pictures where Deacon Pat blessed the hands of the bakers. I realized after seeing this picture that this might have been the only blessing some of the employees have ever received. It was also neat to see our children along with our nieces and nephews be able to participate in this ancient old tradition. To see us sharing our faith with others is important for our children. I can only imagine in the past how many families celebrated feast days and had their businesses blessed...mainly because faith was all they had. Why do people not do this anymore? Are they too good? Do they think they really don't "need" any special blessing and graces upon their work environment and employees? Are they afraid of offending someone? All Clint and I have had the past seven years of being self-employed is our faith....nothing else. There were many times that only God's hand saved our business. Every morning I pray for our business and ask St. Elizabeth to pray for us and intercede for us and also special blessings over our employees. Because of our dependence on faith, we feel it is necessary for a blessing over our business and employees. This is not our business, but God's bakery.
I feel it is time we start sharing our beliefs....whether it is politically correct or not. Satan has slowly silenced us in this type of thinking....not wanting to "offend" anyone or push our beliefs on anyone. NONSENSE! If we can't share our faith in the workplace, then what are we working for? You might be surprised how well received and appreciated people might be once you start sharing your faith more. And someday when you get to Heaven, you will meet that one person (or several) whose direction of life was changed all because you stepped out in faith and spoke out. It might have been that one blessing of hands that was an unseen ticket to heaven.
Hope you all are well! Blessings to you on this Thursday!