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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 Liturgyy - Arrangement of the squares of the Holy Seal and the cut particles of Qurban

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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.

On the Holy Seal for the qurban facing upwards, the nine squares are in this arrangement.

Rays
Can be Holy Communion for the people or Antidoron
Small IC|XC NIKA square
Particles for the Living
But, if not all of the square is required for the living,
can be Holy Communion for the people or Antidoron
4th square cut
Rays
Can be Holy Communion for the people or Antidoron
Nine small triangles

angels, prophets, apostles, pontiffs and doctors, martyrs, fathers, wonderworkers, ancestors of God (Joachim and Anne) and saints, and the saint whose Liturgy is being celebrated
3th square cut
IC|XC NIKA square

"The Lamb"
Holy Communion for the clergy
But, if not all of "The Lamb" is required for the clergy, particles from it may be Holy Communion to the people.
1st square cut
One large triangle

The Theotokos
2nd square cut
Rays
Can be Holy Communion for the people or Antidoron
Small IC|XC NIKA square
Particles for the Dead
But, if not all of the square is required for the dead,
can be Holy Communion for the people or Antidoron
5th square cut
Rays
Can be Holy Communion or Antidoron

 

On the Qurban facing upwards, the nine squares on the large side are in this arrangement.

Rays
Can be Holy Communion for the people or Antidoron
Small IC|XC NIKA square
Particles for the Living
But, if not all of the square is required for the living,
can be Holy Communion for the people or Antidoron
Rays
Can be Holy Communion for the people or Antidoron
On "The Lamb's" right hand
One large triangle

The Theotokos
IC|XC NIKA square

"The Lamb"
Holy Communion for the clergy
But, if not all of "The Lamb" is required for the clergy, particles from it may be Holy Communion to the people.
On "The Lamb's" left hand
Nine small triangles

angels, prophets, apostles, pontiffs and doctors, martyrs, fathers, wonderworkers, ancestors of God (Joachim and Anne) and saints, and the saint whose Liturgy is being celebrated
Rays
Can be Holy Communion for the people or Antidoron
Small IC|XC NIKA square
Particles for the Dead
But, if not all of the square is required for the dead,
can be Holy Communion for the people or Antidoron
Rays
Can be Holy Communion or Antidoron

 

On the Diskos, the three squares and two rows are in this arrangement.

On "The Lamb's" right hand
One large triangle

The Theotokos
2nd square cut
IC|XC NIKA square

"The Lamb"
Holy Communion for the clergy
1st square cut
On "The Lamb's" left hand
Nine small triangles

angels, prophets, apostles, pontiffs and doctors, martyrs, fathers, wonderworkers, ancestors of God (Joachim and Anne) and saints, and the saint whose Liturgy is being celebrated
3th square cut
Particles for the Living
from small IC|XC NIKA square above the IC|XC NIKA square - "The Lamb"
After Holy Communion, the priest wipes all of the particles into the poterion and consumes them.
4th square cut
Particles for the dead
from small IC|XC NIKA square above the IC|XC NIKA square - "The Lamb"
After Holy Communion, the priest wipes all of the particles into the poterion and consumes them.
5th square cut

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