The meal begins with a blessing by the prioress and the assistant to the prioress. The table in the center of the room, which included the icon of the Holy Face, includes bread and wine for the blessing.
After the candles are lit, the prioress begins:
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, Who has kept us alive and has sanctified us by your commandments and commanded us to kindle the light of this Triduum of Passing Over. We pray that the brightness and warmth of these lights may inspire us gathered here and may bring spiritual joy and promise to all in need of light and warmth this day.
|The center table in the dining room with bread and wine, |
candles and flowers, and the small icon of the Holy Face.