Lenten Pretzels

[…] They combined water with flour and salt in accordance with fasting rules that prohibited the use of animal products, then rolled the dough into shapes reminiscent of arms folded across the chest in prayer – the bodily form of prayer commonly practiced then. They named them bracellae, “little arms” in Latin. Their first evidence appears in a 5th century manuscript now housed in the Vatican library. […]

Pretzels represent prayer to Christians in the season of Lent, a tasty snack to everyone, anytime
by Beth Goulart
Austin American-Statesman
March 4, 2014

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