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Prothesis or Ceremony of Preparation of the Oblations of the Qurban (Holy Bread) for Holy Eucharist and the Antidoron before the Divine Liturgy

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The Prothesis or the Ceremony of Preparation of the Oblations is before the beginning of the Divine Liturgy. During this Ceremony, the priest/abouna prays and cuts the Qurban (Holy Bread) based on the nine squares on the large side of the Holy Seal or (IC|XC NIKA Stamp) impression.
The Prothesis is performed by the priest and deacon without the direct participation of the people on the "prothesis", "proskomide", "table of oblation" or "Altar of Preparation". This table stands in the altar area to left of the altar table.

Arrangement of Nine Squares

A diagram of the Holy Seal is within the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, page 17, published by Eparchy of Newton (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts), United States, 2009

The arrangement of nine squares is shown for three configurations.
First, on the Holy Seal for the qurban facing upwards, the nine squares are in this arrangement.
Second, on the Qurban facing upwards, the nine squares on the large side are in this arrangement.
Third, on the Diskos, the three squares and two rows are in this arrangement.

Squares Are the Following

Large IC|XC NIKA Impression - "The Lamb" - Particles for Holy Eucharist for the Clergy are cut from this square.

Large IC|XC NIKA Square - "The Lamb"
"The Lamb" is in the center on the Holy Seal and on the Qurban. "The Lamb" becomes the Body of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ via "Transubstantiation".

One Large Triangle for The Theotokos

The one large triangle - The Theotokos
The Theotokos is in the square to the right of the Center Square with the IC|XC NIKA Impression on the Holy Seal and to the left of the Center Square with the IC|XC NIKA Impression on the Qurban.

Nine Small Triangles for the Angels, Prophets, Apostles, Pontiffs and Doctors, Martyrs, Fathers, Wonderworkers, and Saints, and the Saint whose Liturgy is being Celebrated

The nine small triangles - Angels and Saints
The angels, apostles, pontiffs and doctors, martyrs, fathers, wonderworkers, The Ancester of Christ, Ann, The Ancester of Christ, Joachim and saints, and the saint whose Liturgy is being celebrated are in the square to the left of the Center Square with the IC|XC NIKA impression on the Holy Seal and to the right of the Center Square with the IC|XC NIKA Impression on the Qurban.

Small IC|XC NIKA Impression in the square above the Center Square with the IC|XC NIKA impression. Particles for the living are cut from this square.

The small IC|XC NIKA impression - Living
The Living is in the square above the Center Square with the IC|XC NIKA impression on the Holy Seal and on the Qurban.

Small IC|XC NIKA Impression in the square below the Center Square with the IC|XC NIKA impression. Particles for the dead are cut from this square.

The small IC|XC NIKA impression - Dead
The Dead is in the square below the Center Square with the IC|XC NIKA impression on the Holy Seal and on the Qurban.

Other Information

Particles for Holy Eucharist for the People

The priest cuts particles used for Holy Eucharist for the people from the rest of the Qurban. There is no specification about what part.

"The Lamb" (Center Square with the IC|XC NIKA impression) is prepared for the clergy's (priest, deacon, bishop, and patriarch) reception of Holy Eurcharist. But, if not all of "The Lamb" is required for the clergy, particles from it may be given to the people.

Antidoron

The leftover Qurban is cut for the antidoron.

Rays going out on the four corner squares.

The rays going out are just decoration. This area can be used for Holy Eucharist for the people or Antidoron.

Items that the priest uses

The priest uses these items to prepare for the consecration of bread and wine into the Holy Eurcharist, that is the true Body and Blood of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ

  • Qurban (Holy Bread)
  • wine
  • water
  • wine and water cruets
  • diskos
  • lance
  • chalice

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