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The special leavened bread of 'offering' used in the Orthodox Easter service is made according to rituals that guarantee its purity, then stacked (the twin loaves symbolize the human and divine nature of Christ). Before baking, the top is marked with a special wooden stamp, emphasized by first dusting semolina on top

During the service, the priests divide the bread into four sections, dedicated to the Lamb of God, the Mother of God, the saints and angels, and the congregation.


Text © Dana Facaros

Image by АннаМариа, Creative Commons lLcense