About Eating Liturgically

Hi! My name is Erika, and I am an Episcopalian, in discernment for ordination in deaconal ministry.  I’ve been feeling an interesting tug in two directions these past few years, which seem to be in opposite directions.  One, towards monastic, ritualized, grounded ways of prayer and routines – praying at specific times, daily bible study, quiet regular meditation on scripture, a turning away from the mundane chaos of the day-to-day.  The other, fully embracing my work and life – God’s creation, my family, my physical being, with exercise and debates and lively conversation and keeping my household running and serving in lay ministry at my church.

Last year, around New Year’s Resolution time, I was thinking about food (as you do), and it seemed to me the two paths I’ve been drawn to can come together here.  The Episcopal Book of Common Prayer lays out feast days, and fast days.  The Liturgical Calendar lays out seasons of focus, of exploration in Christ.  I’m the main meal planner and dinner prepare-er in my household.  I eat everyday (my daily bread).  This idea of eating liturgically captivated me, and I made my “resolution” to focus on this and see where it led.

I came up with 4 distinct kinds of days – Feasting, Fasting, Fierce, and Fragile. As I plan my eating for each day, I prayerfully set my intention with God – for Joy and Feasting, for Creating Space and Fasting, for Going Forth and Working with Fierce Days, and for Healing and Comfort on Fragile Days.

Please note – I MADE THESE UP.  I know some religions and traditions are very specific on eating rules and what you do on what days at what times, and I think that can be wonderful.  I also think that can be limiting.  The Episcopal Church is encouraging in creating a framework if you choose to explore it, and this is my exploration.  This is not codified on a stone tablet from a mountain kinds of rules.  Please, please, please – explore on your own.

This website is some of what I’ve learned, a lot of recipes and research I’ve found, and my thoughts as I move forward.  I would love if this became a community of others who notice spirituality in the intersection of eating our daily bread and prayer – but even if others just find it interesting, I’m pleased to share.