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  • n. a holy bread; a small loaf of leavened bread, used for communion in Orthodox Church. Usually consists of two layers, symbolizing the dual nature of Christ.


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From Greek προσφορά, from Ancient Greek πρός (towards) + φέρω (bring)


  • Moreover, in the New Testament there be divers words and expressions concerning the death of our Saviour, holding out that thing which by satisfaction we do intend; as when, first, it is termed prosphora; Eph.v. 2, Paredōken heauton prosphoran kai thusian, — an oblation or sacrifice of expiation; as appeareth by that type of it with which it is compared, Heb. ix.

    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ

  • Nay, the ways whereby this ransom-paying is in the Scripture expressed abundantly enforce the payment of it into the hands of his Father; for his death and blood-shedding is said to be prosphora and thusia, “an oblation and sacrifice,” Eph.v. 2; and his soul to be אָשָׁם, a sacrifice or “offering for sin,” Isa. liii.

    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ

  • Those other particles (prosphora) originally cut off from the bread have lain on the diskos (paten) since the proskomide.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • He then goes to the prothesis and consumes all that is left of the Holy Eucharist with the prosphora.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • Eucharist by Christian sacrificial terms -- prosphora, "oblation",

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • In the Proskomide of the Divine Liturgy the Ruthenians are allowed to prepare for Mass with one altar-bread (prosphora) or with three, or even with the dry Agnetz (the square Greek host) if no prosphorae can be had, instead of requiring five prosphorae.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

  • The usage to-day in the Orthodox Greek Church, following the Nomocanon, is to employ the fragments or unused pieces of the various prosphora, except that from which the agnetz is taken, for the purpose of the antidoron.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • Apostolic Church order (printed in my edition of the Didache prolegg.p. 236) viz.: [Greek: hê prosphora tou sômatos kai tou haimatos], we possess no proofs that there was any mention in the East before

    History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)

  • At one time it appeared as the [Greek: prosphora] and [Greek: thusia] of the Church, [290] as the pure sacrifice which is presented to the great king by Christians scattered over the world, as they offer to him their prayers, and place before him again what he has bestowed in order to receive it back with thanks and praise.

    History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)

  • Christ gave himself, as an offering and a sacrifice, prosphora ` n kai ` thusi'an; the latter term explains the former.

    A Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians


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