The Lisieux Experience
The Feast of the Little Flower, celebrated on October 1st, follows a nine day novena and Vigil Mass where her relics are carried in solemn procession from Carmel to the Basilica. Anyone who has had the privilege to participate in a French processional knows that French chant is breathtakingly beautiful and can be heard as I experienced it (at least in part)... HERE. (Wait for the short commercial to end).
Vigil activities from my snapshot (challenged) camera:
The Feast Day Cakes of Lisieux
Most local restaurants and pilgrimage sites in Lisieux offer cake on the Feast of St Therese. I wasn't able to find an online recipe for the heavenly delight that I actually enjoyed in Lisieux (above), but I am guessing that it was an angel food variety, infused with marinated fruit bits then topped with creamy marshmallow "frosting".
Other Cakes of Lisieux
The Lisieux Carmelites offer a special cake called Le Scofa.The ingredients include sugar, caramel, eggs, flour and almonds. It was a secret recipe for years but the sisters no longer care so much about secrets anymore and have posted the recipe on facebook (somewhere) according to one commentary. Scofa was sold at the Carmel boutique and elsewhere.
The "St Theresa" cake, above, was created by the Hotel School St Teresa located [at] Ille et Vilaine. The profits from this French pastry were donated to missionary work chosen by the students. It was sold at the pastry Blandiot in Lisieux. source:calvados-tourism.
Characteristics of this cake
St Therese Symbolism
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