Prosphora (Greek for "offering") is holy bread prepared for use in the Divine Liturgy. This bread is traditionally prepared and baked by members of the local parish church, a continuation of the ancient practice in which parishioners would bring the bread and wine, and the deacons would select the best for use in the Liturgy. The bread is always leavened, because Our Lord used ordinary bread (artos) in the Last Supper. Yeast is a symbol of life, and the risen dough represents the Resurrection.
The bread is stamped with a special seal. This simple seal only contains the portion known as the Lamb, which is consecrated during the Divine Liturgy to be the Eucharist.
This stamp is suitable for making a larger Russian-style loaf which only has the Lamb stamped on it. It is hand-carved from Mount Athos, sure to provide a lifetime of service to Christ.
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