From sacredness to photography

Holy Week (Latin: Hebdomas Sancta ) in Christianity is the last week of Lent and the week before Easter. Prescura… is a round or cross shaped small bread, made of yeast dough, from which is preparing the Communion and the Holy bread what’s cuted to church. 

In the Romanian liturgical practice, as a laic and centuries old tradition, preparing the prescura  plays an essential role in the symbolism of the festival to whom this holy bread is dedicated .

A same  important role has the person who makes this bread. Prescurarita or Capitareasa(the woman who makes this bread) must meet certain and absolutely essential conditions. As a sign of recognition of this bread’s significance, it’s applied a kind of seal (stamp) on the surface of the dough, before to be baked.  That seal is called “pristolnic” (pistornic) being a piece of wood, stone, bone or marble used for printing on bread the sign of the cross and the initials of the ritual. 

Beyond the obvious aspect of the process of preparing this bread ,  prescurarita or capitareasa with her recognized status by the community and confirmed by religion, leads this special bread from that profane and laic world, belonging to ordinary man into that religious one, belonging to the sacred and mythical area and worshiped to a divine spirituality.

Easter is something to be regarded with great joy and not marking the day by itself, after all. I want to lay here a text from Colossians that speaks much more better than all I done till now, here:

“Let no one…pass judgment on you in matters of food and drink or with regard to a festival or new moon or sabbath. These are shadows of things to come; the reality belongs to Christ.” (Col. 2:16-17, NAB)

a photo I done for my culinary blog