15 June 2012

Feast Fit For Friday

If today wasn't a solemnity, I think we would probably feel guilty about having such a fancy dinner on a Friday night!  Salmon with a dill-lemon glaze, rice pilaf, steamed green beans... the only thing missing was a nice sauvignon blanc.  Just a few more weeks; there are so many reasons to look forward to baby's arrival.

Fortunately, today is the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus!  The solemnity is observed on the 19th day after Pentecost, which means that it always falls on a Friday.  According to tradition, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque received a vision in which Christ requested that the Feast of the Sacred Heart be celebrated on the Friday following the octave of Corpus Christi.  Today we recall the great love Christ has for all mankind, and make reparation to His Sacred Heart for the many times when we reject His love and the sacrifice He made for us.

Today you can receive a plenary indulgence for a public recitation of the Act of Reparation!  If you weren't able to make it to Mass today, or your parish didn't offer the chance to recite the Act of Reparation, you can still gain a partial indulgence by reciting it privately.  The standard requirements for indulgences apply, of course.  Don't miss this opportunity for grace!

I would be more than willing to consider tonight's dinner as a candidate for a family tradition for the feast day...  It was simple, with no overtly rich or heavy elements; quick to prepare, with the entire cooking process taking just a little over a half hour; and certainly suitable for observing such an important feast day!

Salmon with dill-lemon glaze

2 fillets salmon, fresh or thawed
1 Tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp dill weed
2 Tbsp lemon juice

Lay fillets on foil-lined baking sheet, skin side down.  Combine melted butter, dill, and lemon juice; pour over fillets and brush to coat evenly.  Bake at 450 degrees for 6-7 minutes per half-inch of thickness (at thickest part of fillet).  Note: if you have a heat-sensitive smoke alarm too close to your oven, baking at 450 is likely to set it off; be prepared.

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