St. Antony of the Desert Soup — Feast day, January 17; Saint Antony, called the Great, lived in Egypt between A.D. 251 and 356. At age
18, the gospel text "If you wish to be perfect, go and sell all that you have
and then follow me" so moved him that he left everything behind and retired
to an inaccessible place in the wilderness where he dedicated his life to God in
manual work and continual prayer. In his old age, he imparted wisdom to his disciples
and encouraged them to lead a monastic life. Because he was the first Christian
to retire to a monastic life, he is considered to be the first monk and also the
father of all monks. His feast is celebrated on January 17. Try this simple, healthy
recipe in honor of Saint Antony the hermit.
Three Kings Cake — The Feast of the Epiphany, January 6; These traditional loaves are served on The Feast of the Epiphany, January 6.
A token is hidden in each loaf. You can use an almond or a clean coin as the token,
but often people use small symbols such as a baby shoe charm, a tiny wedding bell,
or a ring to denote the kind of luck that the finder will have in the coming year.