Our topic for today in the 40 Days of Blogging exercise is salt. Salt is a big deal – our bodies need it to survive. Roman soldiers were payed in salt, hence the word salary. The wiki article has a nice section on salt and religion. Our own Book of Needs has a prayer for the blessing of salt. My friend Fr. Jesse tells me that the Episcopalian Church uses salt in baptisms. A fun and very educational read is the book Salt: A World History. You would not think that a book about salt would maintain your interest for long, but it is a wild tale. One of my takeaways from the book is that towns ending in “wich” (or “wick” or some other variations) were places that had salt works. So places we know like Norwich or Sandwich were once the site of salt mines (or at least the original towns back in Britain were).
Here is the Orthodox prayer for the blessing of salt mentioned above (I have modified it so it is modern English):
O God our savior, who coming to Jericho in the time of the prophet Elisha, healed the harmful water with salt; bless also this salt, and change it into a sacrifice of rejoicing. For you are our God and to you we send glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.