Now THAT’S Basil!

This is too cool not to post.

You might remember that I posted about blessing basil in honor of the Cross?  Basil is from the Greek word for “king”.

A priest reader breathing mainly from the Eastern lung sent me great photos of the blessing of basil.  I will share three.

Think of the smell of the church, with the candles and incense and basil.



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  1. Am I the only one to look at the photos and start calculating how much pesto sauce you could make from all that basil???

    Just me?? Ooops…
    I am such a baaaad person.

  2. Dismas says:

    Yes, I remember. It reminded me of the purple basil in my mom’s garden. I don’t know if it was a perennial or if it re-seeded itself, but you could count on it every year. It was uncontainable, prolific like a weed and unbelievably fragrant. Very cool pics.

  3. frjim4321 says:

    Whoah, nice!

    Don’t think we’d ever have a culinary disagreement, in fact think we are right in sync in that department.

    What are your feelings about sushi?

  4. Mamma B says:

    looks like Basil the Great to me ;-)

  5. frjim4321 says:

    love the Thai basil with a handful of frizzled basil on top of the ground chicken

  6. Bea says:

    I love the smell of basil in the morning. (That’s when I water my window herbal plants).
    I can only imagine the scent from this “Basil Cross”

  7. irishgirl says:

    Oh my goodness, that’s huge!
    But I’m sure it smells wonderful! ; )

  8. Gaetano says:

    Holy Transfiguration (Orthodox) Monastery in Massachusetts sells Sweet Basil incense:

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