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Prosfora means “offering” and is made by members of the Orthodox faith as altar bread for celebrations of the Divine Liturgy. Anyone is welcome to join our baker rotation.  Recipe will be provided.  If you are interested, contact info@stmatthewoca.org

DATE BAKER SERVICE
31 October reserve Divine Liturgy
7 November reserve Divine Liturgy
14 November reserve Divine Liturgy
16 November SubDeacon Michael D. Holy Apostle Matthew
21 November Ann H. Divine Liturgy
28 November reserve Divine Liturgy
5 December Michael J. Divine Liturgy
12 December reserve Divine Liturgy
19 December Deme C. Divine Liturgy
24 December SubDeacon Michael D. Nativity of our Lord
26 December reserve Divine Liturgy
31 December Natasha J. Circumcision of our Lord
2 January 2022 reserve Divine Liturgy

 

PROSFORA

A very meaningful project for the Orthodox Christian is to bake a loaf of altar bread (prosfora) and bring it to church for the liturgy. The significance of the bread may be explained as follows. The offering bread represents Jesus Who is the Bread of Life. It is baked by someone in the congregation and brought to the priest for each liturgy.

A special seal is stamped on top of the loaf before it is baked. The middle part of the seal contains a square piece of bread with the words IC, XC, NIKA. This is a Greek abbreviation for JESUS CHRIST CONQUERS. Since this is the piece that will be changed into the Body of Christ, it is called the Lamb of God. A large triangular piece is removed from the left of the Lamb of God and placed on the paten. This represents the Virgin Mary. Then nine smaller triangular pieces are removed from the seal to commemorate the angels, prophets, apostles and saints of the Church. These are placed on the paten to the right of the Lamb of God. Following this, the priest prays for the living members of the congregation, especially for those whose names have been submitted to him. As he prays for each name he cuts a small piece of bread, representing the person prayed for, and places it immediately below Jesus, the Lamb of God. Finally, he removes a piece of bread for each deceased person for whom we have requested prayers. Thus, around the Lamb of God on the paten is gathered the entire Church consisting of the angels, saints and loved ones in heaven together with members of the local congregation. ALL are alive in God's presence and all constitute the one living Body of Christ.

Mailing Address
Orthodox Church of Saint Matthew
P.O. Box 2003
Columbia, MD 21045
Location
7271 Eden Brook Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
Email and Phone
info@stmatthewoca.org
240-755-0324 (Phone)
  • Sun
    5Dec

    9:15 3rd Hour
    9:30 Divine Liturgy
  • Sat
    11Dec

    5:00 Great Vespers
  • Sun
    12Dec

    9:15 3rd Hour
    9:30 Divine Liturgy
    12:30pm  Nativity Pageant
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