Holy Name carries on Easter tradition with blessing of the baskets

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CHICAGO -- At Holy Name Cathedral, Catholics gathered for a long-standing tradition meant to being the table of the alter, and the table of the family together.

Catholics carried in Easter baskets and carried on a tradition that began centuries ago in eastern Europe: "The Blessing of the Baskets."

Baskets were filled with the ingredients for Easter sunday meals: hard-boiled eggs, meats, bread and – of course – sweets.

More than 50 families brought baskets to the alter of Holy Name Cathedral for a special Easter blessing from Archbishop Blase Cupich.

The archbishop says Easter and its rituals represent a time to renew and resurrect the sprit of the city – especially after a year of political division and community unrest.

The archbishop says although the ritual of blessing Easter baskets started in eastern Europe, it has since been adopted by people of all ethnic backgrounds.