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German pretzels, popular in the southern part of Germany
Pretzel: " In the early days of the Church, when many Christians abstained all forms of meat and animal products, a young Italian monk prepared a special Lenten bread of water, flour and salt for his brother monks. In order to remind them that the Lenten season was a time of prayer, prior to baking the bread, he rolled the dough in strips and then formed the dough in the shape of crossed arms which resembled the then popular prayer position of folding one's arms over each other on the chest."
Lenten Activity for Children: Make Soft Pretzels
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