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Qurban for Holy Eucharist and the Antidoron

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Qurban is a flat, round bread about 6 to 8 inches in diameter. Qurban can be leavened or unleavened. Qurban is still the basic traditional bread in the area where Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ lived.

Qurban is probably the bread that Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ ate daily.
At a Passover meal during the time of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, an unleavened version of this bread was used. The Mystical Supper (Last Supper) of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ is understood as a Passover meal. If the The Mystical Supper (Last Supper) was a Passover meal, an unleavened version of Qurban was used.

Leavened Bread

The Qurban used for Holy Eucharist and the Antidoron is leavened. Leavened Qurban is used for Holy Eucharist because it symbolizes the living, risen Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, given to us in the Mystical Supper.

Holy Seal

The Qurban must have a clear Holy Seal or (IC|XC NIKA Stamp) impression.

During the Ceremony of Preparation of the Oblations or Prothesis before the Divine Liturgy, the priest prays and cuts the Qurban based on the nine squares of the large side of the Holy Seal impression.

Qurban is used for:

Holy EucharistAntidoron
Bread Consecrated
during
Divine Liturgy
Bread blessed
during
Divine Liturgy
At the Consecration,
Qurban is changed
into the Body
and Blood
of Our Lord,
God, and
Savior
Jesus Christ
under
the appearance
of Bread
(transsubstantiation).
After the Consecration,
Qurban is blessed.
Used
during the
Divine Liturgy
for
Holy Eucharist
ºImmediately
following the
Divine Liturgy
given
to the people.

ºUsed
during the
Memorial Service
for the people
who have
fallen asleep
in the Lord.

Number of Loaves Made

Traditionally five loaves are made to represent the two fish and five loaves that Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ blessed to feed the crowd.

  • Two loaves are large for Holy Eucharist
  • Three loaves are small for the Antidoron and for family.

Leavened or Unleavened?

Byzantine Christians (Orthodox and Catholic) use leavened bread for Holy Eucharist because it symbolizes the living, risen Christ, given to us in the Mystical Supper.

Latin Catholics use unleavened bread because they understand the Last Supper as a Passover meal, when unleavened bread would be used.

Name

"Qurban" is sometimes called "Holy Bread" or "Blesssed Bread".
"Qurban" translated into Greek is "Prosphora" or "Prosphoron". These words mean "offering".
"Qurban" is pronounced with the "Q" is silent.


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