Syrian Orthodox Easter Bread

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By Jeremy Round

Published 1988

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The Paschal lamb served with roast potatoes and two veg has always struck me as rather shocking in its insensitivity to symbolism. Eastern sects take a more sophisticated approach to the emblematic.

Overlooking the northernmost plains of Mesopotamia, the Syrian Orthodox monasteries and churches around Mardin and Midyat start their Easter liturgy either an hour before midnight on Saturday or at dawn on Sunday, depending on the curfew. After the service, the community, which still spe