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Prosphoro and Artos - Communion Bread and Blessed Bread

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Prosphoro and Artos - Communion Bread and Blessed Bread
Dimitra Stavrou-Michalski, Stavroula Stamatis

The prosphoro occupies a very central role in the ecclesiastical life of our Orthodox Church, as it forms in many ways a frame of reference for each one of us: Wheat – a gift of God. The kneading and baking – our own gift. Antidoro – the sharing of blessing and holiness. And above all, the Body of Christ. The artos and artoklasia bring to mind the miracles of Christ and have their roots in the Love Feasts, the common meals of the Faithful during the early Christian years. The priceless opportunity to bake the prosphoro ourselves caused us to enquire a little more into whatever else it might be related to. Exploring the tradition of making prosphoro and artos we wanted to share with others the joy of what we discovered – of the kneading, baking, the stamping, the decorating, about its place in ecclesiastical life, about its place in the Divine Liturgy, about its history –its story– then, now, and forever.

 


book size (in cm): 17x24
Pages:96
Paperback
Language: English

The prosphoro occupies a very central role in the ecclesiastical life of our Orthodox Church, as it forms in many ways a frame of reference for each one of us: Wheat – a gift of God. The kneading and baking – our own gift. Antidoro – the sharing of blessing and holiness. And above all, the Body of Christ. The artos and artoklasia bring to mind the miracles of Christ and have their roots in the Love Feasts, the common meals of the Faithful during the early Christian years. The priceless opportunity to bake the prosphoro ourselves caused us to enquire a little more into whatever else it might be related to. Exploring the tradition of making prosphoro and artos we wanted to share with others the joy of what we discovered – of the kneading, baking, the stamping, the decorating, about its place in ecclesiastical life, about its place in the Divine Liturgy, about its history –its story– then, now, and forever.


The prosphoro occupies a very central role in the ecclesiastical life of our Orthodox Church, as it forms in many ways a frame of reference for each one of us:

wheat - a gift of God

the kneading and baking - our own gift

antidoro - the sharing of blessing and holiness

And above all, the Body of Christ.

The artos and artoclasia bring to mind the miracles of Christ and have their roots in the Love Feasts, the common meals of the Faithful during the early Christian years.

The priceless opportunity to bake the prosphoro ourselves caused us to enquire a little more into whatever else it might be related to. Exploring the tradition of making prosphoro and artos we wanted to share with others the joy of what we discovered - of the kneading, baking, the stamping, the decorating, about its place in ecclesiastical life, about its place in the Divine Liturgy, about its history -its story- then, now, and forever.

Prologue to the second edition 8
  INTRODUCTION 13
a. Bread, daily bread, and the Bread of Life 13
b. The temptation of the material, and fasting 15
c. The Mamma, the manna, and the House of Bread 16
  CHAPTER 1
17
  The prosphoro and the Divine Liturgy  
a. The prosphoro as preparation 17
b. From our heart to the church 18
c. Prothesis, Offering, Petition, and Holy Communion 19
d. The prosphoro stamp, the "Vlogero" 23
  CHAPTER 2
25
  The preparation of prosphoro and artos  
a. The prosphoro 25
b. The artos 44
  CHAPTER 3
49
  Holy stories and miraculous testimonies  
a. From the Gerontikon 49
b. Hosios Theodosios the Coenobiarch 50
c. Hosios Theodore the Sykeotis 51
d. Saint Ahmed 52
e. Saint Nicholas Planas 53
f. The blessed Geronta Jacobos Tsalikis 53
  CHAPTER 4
55
  Prosphoro, stamps, and artos from ancient times to today  
a. Wheat, bread, and wine, in the Mediterranean 55
b. Bread, and the Bread of Life 57
c. Bread and blessing 59
d. The stamp in the early years 60
e. The stamp today 61
f. The antidoro 63
  CHAPTER 5 65
  True narratives, everyday stories, and a poem  
a. "The Prosphoro" 65
b. "Mrs. Christina" 68
c. The Bread 70
  ADDENDUM 71
  instructional steps and preparation of prosforo with the children
(For children over eight, and youth)
 
  BIBLIOGRAPHY 79
  PHOTOGRAPHIC SUPPLEMENT  
  Making prosphoro in Archangelos, Rhodes 81




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