Orthodox Church prepares for Easter by baking nut rolls


The holy rollers of Saint Mary’s were pounding the dough this morning.

Parishioners of the Orthodox Church in Endicott were preparing for their 3rd week of nut roll baking for the Easter season.

Every Thursday for 4 weeks leading up to the holiday, they prepare from scratch the rolls in 4 different flavors: walnut, poppy seed, lekvar or prune, and apricot.

The self-proclaimed holy rollers make about 300 each week.

Father Nathaniel Choma, who grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, became the rector at Saint Mary’s last October. “I’ve grown up having them in different churches across our whole diocese, and especially making them myself, and these I don’t know what they do that makes them different.  I haven’t made the nut yet.  I know I haven’t quite built myself into the trust to learn the recipe yet.  We’re getting to that point.  But they are by far the best I’ve ever had.  They’re incredible.”

Nut roll sales take place on Saturdays from 10 until noon at Saint Mary’s at 1907 Jenkins Avenue.

Rolls cost $12 each.

Advance orders are taken until the Tuesday prior at 607-754-8952 although they always have some extras available.

The final sale will be Saturday, April 20th.

Orthodox Easter is on April 28th, one week later than Western Christianity.

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