It was too cold for me to go walking and drawing outside today so I walked a mall instead. After my walk I couldn’t resist getting a pretzel, the aroma had been tempting me every time I made a lap by the shop. I gave in and sacrificed myself so I could draw the yummy morsel for Lent.
Did you know the pretzel has a history entwined with the Church? Legends say that around AD 600 Italian monks would give their students treats for saying their prayers correctly. The treats were baked dough that was twisted to resemble crossed arms, the common posture for prayer during that time period. Pretzels became popular in Europe and symbolism became associated with them. Pretzels became symbols of good luck and spiritual fulfillment. Eventually, the three spaces in a pretzel came to symbolize the Holy Trinity. Pretzels were also a common food for Lent. The Church had stricter dietary rules in the past with meat, dairy and eggs forbidden during Lent. Pretzels are made from only water, flour and salt so they were safe to consume by the faithful.
Remember, faith works!