We were very grateful, back in Lent, when Pat Pugh, whom many of you know from church and the choir, encouraged us to create Easter Gardens. Her own example, which encouraged many, was colourful, creative and, if memory serves me, edible.
Pat is once again responding a great need. At a time when many of us are feeling down about the pandemic, Pat has, once again, encouraged us to be creative, to have some fun and to learn about our faith and heritage. There is a long tradition at this time of year of creating Soul Cakes. She has provided recipes (with and without raisins), YouTube links for traditional songs, history and rationale and even a picture of her own version of soul cakes. I would like to encourage everyone to consider participating. It would be wonderful to work together with those in your bubble or on your own to not only make soul cakes but to create a setting for them and photograph your creativity. Pat has given us a wonderful example but each of us would do our own version of this. Contributions will be posted on the website and Facebook page. Sadly, with the pandemic, we are unable to meet and sample each others’ endeavours. Perhaps you could share them with friends and family.
You can e-mail pictures to the church at email@example.com or text them to me at 519-651-7022. I look forward to the great variety of which I’m sure we are capable. We all share in our thanks to Pat for her talent and leadership in this.
Most Anglicans are familiar with the Easter triduum, the evening of Maundy Thursday through Easter Sunday, but did you know that there is also a fall triduum: All Hallows’ Eve (Hallowe’en), All Hallows’ Day (All Saints’ Day, November 1st), and All Souls’ Day (November 2nd). It is a time when Christians commemorate the dead. Perhaps the least known of these days is All Souls’ Day. While we celebrate all the Saints on November 1st, on All Souls’ Day, some Western Christians commemorate all the dead, especially those we know who have died within the past year.
In England, November 2nd used to be the day when children and poor people would go door to door, sing songs and pray for the dead, in return for a soul cake. Known as souling, this practice, which lasted until the early decades of the 20th century, may have descended from the Roman Catholic custom of holding ecclesiastical parades on November 2nd, to hand out little cakes to the poor. The cake was supposed to symbolize the soul of a deceased person and eating the cake was supposed to free the soul from purgatory. Purgatory is not part of Anglican theology, so once King Henry XVIII removed England from the Roman Catholic Church, no more ecclesiastical parades and handing out of cakes to the poor. Consequently, children and the poor went souling door to door, much the same as carollers do at Christmas.
A soul! a soul! a soul-cake!
Please good Missus, a soul-cake!
An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for the One (Him) who made us all.
God bless the master of this house,
The mistress also,
And all the little children
That round the table grow.
Like wise young men and maidens,
Your cattle and your store;
And all that dwell within your gates,
We wish you ten times more
Go down into the cellar,
And see what you can find,
If your barrels are not empty,
We hope you will prove kind.
We hope you will prove kind,
With your apples and strong beer,
And we’ll come no more a-souling
Until this time next year.
The lanes are very dirty,
My shoes are very thin,
I’ve got a little pocket
To put a penny in.
If you haven’t got a penny
A ha’penny will do;
If you haven’t got a ha’penny
God bless you.
Halloween Music – Souling Song – All Hallows Version – Kristen Lawrence
Peter, Paul and Mary – A Soalin’ (live in France, 1965)
Pat Pugh’s Soul Cake Creation
SOUL CAKE RECIPES
An adaptation of an All Souls’ spice cookie recipe by Deborah Mele
Ingredients Preheat oven to 350 F
2 ¼ c flour 1 c sugar
1 Tbsp cocoa powder 1 egg
1 ½ tsp baking soda ¼ c orange juice
1 tsp cinnamon 3 Tbsp honey
¼ tsp ground cloves ½ c raisins (finely chopped)
¼ cup butter, softened
Cover baking sheet with parchment paper (it makes for easier clean-up).
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, cocoa, baking soda & spices).
In a separate bowl, beat butter & sugar until fluffy. Add egg, orange juice and honey, beat until mixed. Stir in dry ingredients and ground raisins. Mix well.
Break off golf-ball sized pieces of dough. Shape into 2 inch rolls, place on lined cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly browned and set. Remove from pan. Place on rack to cool.
Eat and enjoy!
Soul Cake Recipe from fussfreeflavours.com
These traditional English soul cakes are a cross between a scone and a biscuit – lightly spiced and filled with currants or raisins were traditionally made for All Souls’ Day on the 2nd November.
Servings: 18 Cakes
Author: Helen Best-Shaw
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Soul Cake recipe from FOOD.com
1 cup butter, two sticks American
3 ¾ cups sifted flour
1 cup fine sugar
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
4-6 tablespoons milk
powdered sugar, to sprinkle on top