Each year when Lent approaches we prepare for Pretzel Sunday.
We learn a song and some scriptures to present to the
congregation on the fifth Sunday of Lent.
The history of Pretzel Sunday encourages our learning our
scriptures and prayers. About 1600 years ago in Southern
Europe, a monk was playing around with some leftover scraps of
bread dough and came up with something that looked like a
childís arms folded in prayer. The three holes in the pretzel
were said to represent the Trinity: one God in three persons.
Somehow these little bread dough things became rewards for
children who learned their prayers well. Thatís what the word
pretzel means in Latin. Little rewards. In Italy it means
The children and youth look forward to saying their scriptures
and singing before the congregation. After that they make their
pretzels and while they are baking they listen to the story once
again and make a pretzel art or craft. Then they get to eat
*Pretzels by the Dozen by Angela Elwell
Hunt, Illstrated by Bill Dodge.
A Zonderkidz book.