There’s nothing like Easter Sunday dinner. After 40 days of fasting, prayer, and alms giving, now is the time for celebrating the Resurrection of Christ!
Maybe family gathers around your grandparent’s table and catches up over smoked ham and turkey. Perhaps friends come to your home and share a simple meal after Mass in the morning. But what if the saints were to be guests in your home for Easter dinner this year? Can you just imagine what that Heavenly potluck would look (and taste!) like?
Here’s what your favorite saints would bring to Easter family dinner if they were invited. Trust us, the saints are the perfect dinner guests!
Saint Patrick would bring a dish of cheesy potatoes
Easter dinner isn’t complete until someone brings the cheesy potatoes. Even though he wasn’t from Ireland himself, Patrick would represent the Emerald Isle with a warm, potato dish. He may even surprise you and stick in some soda bread, too.
Saint Phillip Neri would be hamming it up
Leave it to the patron saint of humor to bring the ham to dinner (literally). Oh, and don’t be surprised if Phillip showed up to dinner with half of his beard shaved off. He’d be the one at the dinner table cracking jokes and making everyone laugh so hard that green beans spew across the table.
Saint Lawrence? Burnt turkey
We all know Saint Lawrence has a great sense of humor. But he also has experience with fire and cooking. He’d be the one to shout “Turn it over! It’s done on that side!” while the turkey cooked in the oven. You can count on laughing over a burnt turkey with Saint Lawrence in the kitchen on Easter.
Adam and Eve would bring a salad
If you invited Adam and Eve to your family Easter meal, they would have the salad covered. It would be tossed out right of the garden. No need to pick up extra ranch or Italian, Adam and Eve would bring their dressings. They’d be sure to include garden vegetables that Adam labored over with the sweat of his brow.
As for fruit? It’s forbidden.
Saint Benedict would bring a tray of deviled eggs
Saint Benedict is well known as the founder of the Benedictines and the brother of Saint Scholastica. But he’s also known for his intercession against evil, including poison, temptations, and witchcraft.
Saint Benedict medals are the only medals that have their own special blessing in the Roman Ritual, which any priest can pray. So what dish would such a powerful force against evil bring to Easter dinner? Deviled eggs, of course.
Saint Peter and a fish dish
Trusty Saint Peter was first a fisherman then, a fisher of men. But you can bet that he would get back to his roots and would show up to Easter dinner with a freshly baked dish of fish. He may even share the recipe Jesus used for breakfast with the disciples after the Resurrection.
Saint Zita is covering dinner rolls
If you’re looking for a great batch of dinner rolls, look no further than Saint Zita. She’s the patron saint of bakers, since the angels would bake bread for her. One day when she left the household where she worked to go help someone in need, her fellow servants became angry and tattled on Zita to her mistress. But when Zita’s mistress came to check on the abandoned bread-making, she found angels working in the kitchen to cover for Zita.
Trust me, those rolls would be heavenly. Some would say they’d taste divine.
Don’t worry, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary has the leftovers covered
Saint Elizabeth of Hungry had a passion for those the world had forgotten. In fact, the German noblewoman is the patron saint of beggars and is often pictured with a basket of bread. On one of her many trips to deliver food to the poor, her husband questioned her and asked her if she was stealing food from the castle table. When she opened her cloak, her husband saw a vision of white and red roses instead of the bread she was delivering.
After Easter dinner, Elizabeth would be the one packaging up leftovers to give to others in need. She’d lovingly give them away to all of the Hungary, er, hungry.