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  • : $45.00
    A Polish Christmas Eve Subtitle: Traditions and Recipes, Decorations and Song
    Written by: Rev. Czeslaw Michal Krysa, S.L.D
    Publisher: Christmas Wafers Bakery - CWB Press
    Book Type: Softcover
    Pages: 274
    ISBN: 0-9661099-0-2
    Year Published: 2003
    Donation: $30.00
    S&H: $15.00
    Description: Order on Amazon
    In Polish tradition, the Christmas season is 40 days long from Dec 25-Feb 2 Candlemas. These days celebrate the Gospel stories of Christ's birth. Nativity scenes and Christmas trees grace churches and homes throughout this joyful season. This book discusses the holiest day in the Polish family beginning with the youngest sighting the first star of Christmas Eve on Dec 24. Families serve an ancient ritual meal, called the Vigil Supper or Wigilia: an intimate evening celebration, Poland's joyous treasure, a true living heirloom.

    The family table is set to commemorate Jesus’ first crib, Bethlehem’s Manger in a stable: a white tablecloth under which lies a thin layer. One empty chair is reserved for any stranger, in memorial of deceased family members,. Or Christ himself.

    Before eating the meatless meal, all present share the Christmas wafer, opłatek a rite bonding ages families. All hard feelings from the past year are forgotten, all transgressions are forgiven, good wishes and dreams for the coming year are exchanged.

    The book is replete with traditional heritage recipes for food, desserts and drink, including the author’s family’s famous honey cordial or krupnik, from across the US and Europe.

    It surveys the customs of the Christmas Eve Vigil Supper including: the first Polish ornament, straw ritual art, directions for caroling stars and manger scenes not found elsewhere and adapted to present day use.

    The Polish carol crowns this evening reminding all that Christ came to us "In midnight stillness". English adaptations to the original Polish lyrics along with musical notation. On this evening, the family literally welcomes Jesus to their table to celebrate the greatest birthday of all, the festival of our salvation at the family table.

    This book is a quick and easy reference, step-by-step guide and international collection of folklore, stories, recipes, carols and decorations with never before published vintage photos from the USA, Europe and the National Museum of Enthnography, Warsaw Poland, and black and white illustrations, glossary, pronunciation guide, and a regional map threat of Poland. It features everything you’ll ever need for the celebration except the groceries.

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    St Casimir Keepsake Cookbook Subtitle: Traditional Recipies from Kaisertown in Buffalo, NY
    Written by  
    Publisher:  
    Book Type: Softcover
    Pages: 150
    ISBN:  
    Year Published: 2010
    Donation: $25.00
    S&H: $5.00
    Description:
    Homestyle specialties of St Casimir members from appetizers to desserts. History of the church and the Patron Saint with heirloom, holiday photos.
  • : $45.00
    Polish American Heritage Hymns Subtitle: 125th Anniversary Album 1890 - 2015, 2017
    Written & Adapted by Rev. Czeslaw M Krysa, S.L.D - Rector
    Publisher:  
    Book Type: Softcover
    Pages: 120
    ISBN:  
    Year Published: 2017
    Donation: $30.00
    S&H: $15.00
    Description:
    Fruit of over 35 years, this labor of love, presents original adaptations of over 125 Polish hymns in singable English form Christmas carols, Lenten hymns including the famed Lenten Lamentations or Gorzkie Żale, unique Easter hymns and Marian songs. Prayers and archival photos of PolAm devotions, celebrations and explanations of seasonal Catholic rituals will stir your heart. Perhaps for the first time you’ll actually understand what you or the congregation was singing during the high holydays.
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    Demand and devotion brought forth the creation of traditionally molded and ornamented “Thunder Candles” the Polish home’s focus of supernatural hope, joy, and prayer in threatening moments of life. Blessed annually only on the Solemnity of The Presentation of Our Lord, Candlemas Day, Feb 2nd. Orders must be prepaid/received annually by Jan 15. One annual shipping, only, after blessing on Feb 2. Thanks to local beekeeper (Newmie’s Bees) and president of the Western New York Honey Producers (Association of Beekeepers), available nowhere else. In preparation Blessed Candle booklet ready for 2021 orders. Orders must be prepaid/received annually by Jan 20. One annual shipping after blessing on Feb 2.
    Donation $35 plus $15 S&H.
    Egg Writing
  • : $30.00
    Egg Writing Subtitle: The Art and Traditions of Polish Easter Eggs
    Written & Adapted by Rev. Czeslaw M Krysa, S.L.D - Rector
    Publisher:  
    Book Type: Softcover
    Pages: 44 color pages
    ISBN:  
    Year Published: 2017
    Donation: $25.00
    S&H: $5.00
    Description:
    You may find an Easter egg design particular to the region of your family’s origin. Lore and ritual significance of this most ancient of Polish traditional art. No other English language resource presents the wealth of inspiration and significance along with brilliantly taken original photos of Fr Krysa’s 3,000+ collection of written eggs. Another heritage resource your family will return to in ages to come.
  • : $50.00
    With booklet discovering family heritage.
    Written by Czeslaw M Krysa, S.L.D
    2017
    Donation: $40.00 plus $10 S&H
    Description:
    A dream was fulfilled when Sr Elizabeth Gruszczynki surprised Fr Krysa with a doctoral graduation gift: a hand-embroidered basket blessing cloth. Her talented presentation of the Lamb of God from the Basilica of Holy Mary in Trastevere, Rome was tie-died along with traditional spring flowers including the blessed Pussy Willow of Polish Holy Week and Easter. Crowned with the traditional Easter greeting: “Christ is Risen” it will become an heirloom piece in your family’s treasure chest. Excellent wedding, shower, or housewarming gift. Limited supply.
    Egg Writing
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    2019-2020 Worship Calendar
    Written by Czeslaw M Krysa, S.L.D
    32 Pages
    Donation $10 + S&H $7
    Description:
    Even if the year has passed, the professional pix of this heritage calendar will inspire you and yours for ages. Pages are filled with the uniquely celebrates high holidays and devotions of the Polish year, in addition to Byzantine, Latino, and Asian variations. Use it as a coffee table conversation piece, perhaps remembering the reverence and vibrance of fully Catholic feasts.
    Egg Writing
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