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  • A prosphoron (Greek: Π�?όσφο�?ον, Offering) is a small loaf of bread used in Orthodox Christian ritual The plural form is prosphora(Π�?όσφο�?α).

    A prosphoron is made up of two separate round pieces of dough which are placed one on top of another and baked together to form a single loaf. This double-loaf represents the two natures of Christ: human and divine. Before baking, each prosphoron is stamped with a seal usually bearing the image of a cross with the Greek letters IC XC NIKA ("Jesus Christ conquers") around the arms of the cross. This impression is baked into the bread and serves as a guide for the priest who will be cutting it.


    February 7, 2008